Nose: This is really more robust and packs more of my favorite ‘laddie’ punch. for me it is much closer to the 10 year old (which is now not available), with a big footprint. Of course there’s the apple / pear / apricot combo with a hint of grapefruit and unripe melon, floral and grassy at times, and spicy as well with licorice / anise touches to it, a nit dirty (farmy if you wish to call it that) , very rustic, this is how Islay barley should feel.
Palate: Citrus fruit come at you from the first sip, mostly grapefruit (and some lemon zest), more of the licorice / Anise combo, and a dirty touch as well. Salted caramel, cereal, and oak with a hint of tobacco leaves, pepper and brine.
Finish : more tobacco, salt, oak tannin, grapefruit pith