Rather soft peat initially... and after a few swirls... wham!!! The alcohol fumes smack you upside down, left, and right. Very light color indicating a somewhat inactive cask. The essence of Port Ellen, with no adulteration from any wine cask! Crushed stones, fresh lime juice, potent peat, some Chinese rubbing oil, a hint of menthol.
Quite potent indeed. Explosion of peat and lime juice. It's not very complex and is pretty straight forward, but you are drinking a rather naked, undiluted Port Ellen, and that's pretty rare. This is not to say it's not good, of course, but it's unlikely to be better than let's say a very good 30x yo Caol Ila, or the recent Caol Ila 22yo Feis Ile. Despite it's very high ABV, it is not harsh and in fact has a somewhat soft feel... perhaps due to over 22 years of bottle-aging?
Spicy and peppery aftertaste. Super long. What do you expect? Lingering lime and some herbal bitterness.
The romantic in me wants to give this a 91 but I will defer for now. I do believe this is one of those bottles that will get better the longer it is opened.