Having had a small sample leaves me satisfied to awe in any case.
As with the 1st release, there is also a good portion of peat smoke with the 1974, with BBQ fruit made from grilled mango, lemon and pineapple. The whole thing is phenomenally balanced and tightly interwoven, with oil and honey marinade just about fitting.
After a while, the smoke subsides in favor of a flavoring that contains old poster paint, leather grease and remains of tropical wood.
With 2 drops of water, the nose reveals almost no smoke at all, instead lemon, wax and clay pots fresh from the turntable.
Wow, the best olive oil with lemon thyme, how delicious is that? So completely oily and spicy and yet by no means tickling, I don't think I had a malt in my glass. 55.6%
Not noticeable. The smoky spiciness from the beginning comes through more now, interesting!
Even with H²O, the rich oiliness is retained, the smoke is a bit more pronounced, but citrus fruits and mineral notes gain in importance, so there is more of a pure distillery character, I would say.
It's a promenade and a proudly waving going away, but not just an exit! Everything about the aromas is reviewed intensively, after a few minutes (!) The oak barrel spirit creeps in with a bitter-sweet farewell note.