When this 18 year old was first released in 2002 I instantly loved it for its boldness and rich flavours. And the price was very okayish back then with just 55 Eurobucks. Since then I regularly try new batches and still they are all good. But there are significant differences too, so the newer batches became more woody and drying due to heavy tannins (obviously they fell victim to the cask supply shortage too as many other standard whiskies did). Nevertheless a very nice and easy-to-drink dram with a charming peaty-sherry-vanilla profile.