The nose offers a nice mix of sherry, bourbon fruit and pea smoke. This is how a simple Islay standard should be. Simple but complex. If you like it rough, just leave out the water, with water it becomes fruitier, but still remains a rough Islay whisky.
The palate starts with dry sherry aromas, peat smoke and a bit of wood, but not as much wood as current 10 CS Batch 12 to 15.
There is also a nice dark sherry sweetness that was briefly roasted beforehand. I still find salty licorice and a bit of sea spray.
Perfect Islay everyday dram with sherry influence.
The mouthfeel is a bit strong, smoky, a bit tart - here - with a simple Laphroaig standard from 2008 - it fits and that's how it should be here. The palate is sufficiently oily. The finish is almost long, but also a bit dessert-sweet.