Nose: Still quite peaty for it's age. Complex with the peat merging with a BBQ note (quite sweet)- Sweet BBQ sauce, a fantastic sooty lemon note, fizzy lemon sherbet, a little stewed pear, a little fresh pineapple and mango, lots of cough sweets. Underneath that there's windswept beaches- Salty sea air. I find it quite meaty really- BBQ on the beach, slightly scorched pork? Lathered in BBQ sauce. Huge dry oak starting to come out now. After oxidising- Next to no meatiness and a lot more fresh fruitiness. Zesty, juicy and fresh lemon, lime, pear, mango, melon and pineapple. Really reminds me of a more intense 25yo Laphroaig.
Water: More dry oak, sandalwood, the peat is more smoking heather and less BBQ. Complex lemon- Juice joining the sherbet, lemon fizzy sweets, lemon chewy sweets, delicious grilled pineapple, caramelised honey. A little mineral after a bit with burnt pipe tobacco and cigar.
Taste: Sweet initially, then the peat starts creeping out and battles with the immense sweetness. The cough sweets are back, lots of lemon, lemon sherbert, quite fizzy, lime, pineapple, mango, a lot of melon, pineapple, quite tropical and juicy. The oak is there, merging with the peat, driftwood fires, salty dry oak. In short it's huge, hugely complex and quite overwelmingly so. Big sweetness fighting with big oakiness, goes quite quiet into the finish though.
Water: The peat and the oak are a bit more creamy, the sweetness more to start and the peat taking over after a bit, peat smoke, quite phenolic with cough sweets. A sherry sweetness starts coming out after some time- Quite juicy with melon, mango, grapefruit and pineapple then very zesty with lemon and lime.
Finish: Long/Very long length. Instantly receeds with cough sweets then dry oak and lemon sherbet linger for ages.