700ml 2019 bottle @ 46%.
Appearance: Unbelievably pale, straw. Oily. Paler than Cutty Sark, like white wine.
Nose: Smoke. Peat. Campfire Light iodine, not like Laphroig. Honey and caramel, some vanilla, touch of apple and lemon, briny sea breeze. The Islay peat character is huge but there is a lot else going on as well.
Palate: Smoked honey, wood, bacon, caramel, salt, iodine, vanilla. Peppery spices, even cayenne, light apple.
Finish: Alcohol heat, spices, pepper, smoke, charred oak, touch of honey.
With Water: Oak and vanilla come out more in the nose. Caramel too. Smoke is less salty. More like a campfire. Flavor still iodine, less hot. Interesting but not necessary. Body lightened too much.
Overall: Fantastic stuff. Hugely smoky and peaty but not simply medicinal. Nice malty balance.