Color: very bright, already almost white wine-like, although the 8-year standard bottling seems a little lighter to me.
Nose: The typical Lagavulin smoke is immediately present in the nose. There is also a nice sweet with the smoke. Maritime notes of seaweed appear briefly. These fly away very quickly and fresh bright fruits (apples, bananas and pineapples) emerge. Green tea, mint, sweet malt and white pepper. Alcohol is nicely integrated for quite a young age.
Taste: It rolls relatively smoothly over the tongue. Then this is violently attacked. Smoke, alcohol and smoke again. The entire tongue tingles. The flow of saliva begins. The tingling evaporates after a short time and is picked up by a really nice sweetness. Again a nice fruitiness with unripe bananas and apples, white pepper and highly aromatic tea. Behind it comes a hint of wood, but really just a hint. The second sip is much more pleasing. Sweetness and smoke dominate here.
Departure: The departure is relatively short. No bitterness, you can guess the wood. The smoke stays in the mouth longer, of course, but the finish is rather short for a Lagavulin. Freshness is definitely the focus here.
Conclusion: The contrasts (fresh smoke / alcohol vs. the excellent sweetness and moisture make it really a lot of fun in the mouth. For the age it is very, very good and cannot be compared to the 8 year old. The distillery character of Lagavulin comes here honest and great. Whisky is really fun even at a comparatively young age, which you can often introduce at Lagavulin, even if the prices for the Maturation Masterclass were quite high.