No burn whatsoever on the nose, nice harmony between dark fruits and that classic peated Islay character. A little muted on the first sniff, but it gets sweeter with time in the glass. Smouldering bonfire, peat, smoke, brine, salt, forest soil, moss, grain cereal, yeast, musty basement, pencil shaving, leather, soy sauce, smoked bacon, ham, vanilla, ginger, anise, roasted peanut, almond milk, marzipan, sweet PX sherry, caramel sauce, bitter chocolate, jaffa cake, pastry, overripe banana, stewed apple, orange peel, grapefruit, blood orange, kiwi, sour cherry, raisin and plum. The PX finish on this one adds a substantial oomph! Well integrated sherry, although it naturally tames the peat a little. It's been a while since I've had the standard 16 year old so I can't really make the comparison, but I don't remember the standard one being as fruity as this one. Lovely.
Really soft on the palate. More of a focus on the spirit, but still very fruity and similar to the nose. Peat, smoke, bonfire, ash, brine, malted barley, pepper, smoked bacon, rib eye steak, bbq sauce, PX sherry, vanilla, walnut, brown sugar, salted caramel, toffee, chocolate, sour apple, rum soaked raisin and blood orange. Here's where the peat really shines through. As the sweetness is driven to the back it takes a few moments before it shows itself. After holding it in my mouth for some time, a delicious 'peat and sweet' combo has formed. This would pair well with vanilla ice cream or chocolate, great stuff!