affordable price. Affordable? This is 200 EUR! True, but it is at least as good
as the official releases, probably even better (I have to tread carefully here,
as I have only the fantastic 7th Release on the shelf). Those OB
releases cost at least 50% more. Come on, Santa, make my day!
The nose is very sweet and fruity. Turkish delight,
lots of citrusy notes: lemon, dried oranges and grapefruit. Granulated sugar
and vanilla. Then (as expected, I would say) it delivers the typical Islay
aroma of seaweed and salt, smoke and sweet peat. The whole is delightfully soft
and accessible, almost feminine.
As soft as it is on the nose, so powerful is the
attack. Again a lot of citrus (more than on the nose), but quite peppery.
Powerful and big. It does remain exceptionally sweet and I must confess, I like
it a lot! Despite the very high ABV, it is perfectly quaffable.
The medium long finish offers the same tastes. But
when something is quasi perfect, one can only cheer.