...and indeed, it is. But it certainly needs a fair reduction to open up, especially on the nose. By the way, this is a fine Lagavulin no doubt but I had many much better ones in the past - so the current prices of more than 1.800 bucks per bottle are just ... ridiculous. But if you own deep pockets go and get your bottle, I would not pay more than 125 Euro for a bottle of this drinking quality (but maybe I am stupid)...
The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a punchy and shy profile first that obviously cries for water. Yes, water releases the aromas, finally. Now it offers a fine old-style waxy-medicinal-tarry profile that I like.
The taste is nicely layered without any flaw or imbalance. This is tasty and easy quaffable, no doubt - but somehow I miss some more complex flavours that drive this taste beyond the 90 points barrier. The reduced dram gets smoother but there are no additional flavours according to my taste buds. But the drying-astringent notes vanish (mostly) at around 45% abv.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a drying-astringent feeling (cold metals, cold ashes). The finish is very long and adds more peaty-ashy impressions which lead to a drying-astringent ending because of that.