Light caramel shimmers in the glass, a thin streak sticks to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter from which a multitude of small "legs" detach. Mineral smoke mixes with hints of earthy peat, dark and dried berries appear, slightly grassy algae and seaweed come into their own, caramel and milk chocolate merge. Iodine and sea salt are phenolic, pork belly is roasted over an open wood fire, oranges and lemons give off their slightly acidic aroma.
The first sip flows salty with burnt wood tones through the mouth, peppery sharpness immediately envelops the tongue, citrus fruits appear, as well as mineral smoke and phenol. Iodine, algae, sea salt, liquorice and fly ash, plus dried grapes and berries with a hint of milk chocolate and caramel. The alcohol is wonderfully harmonious, even after the second sip, pepper tickles the tongue while the "complete load of Islay" is warming through the smoking. Ash, coal, campfire and fried bacon ... All of a sudden my saliva is stimulated!
Ashes and smoke stick to the palate, powerful and warming, roasted hazelnuts and a touch of fresh menthol loosen from burnt wood tones. The dark and voluminous aromas linger on the palate for a long time, tart and dark wood tones do a lap of honor while the peppery sharpness increases significantly and ends in refreshing menthol and eucalyptus.