In direct comparison to other casks, last year's bottlings and standard bottlings, this is an absolutely bitter disappointment. Pale in the aroma composition, boring but outrageously expensive. Lots of sweetness and vanilla, the oily viscosity and smoke are there. Lagavulin unmistakable. But where the difference to the 12er Special Release is for 70€ less is not clear to me. That this is bottled for fans of the distillery who flock to Islay from all over the world is almost insulting.