The noise is very nice and no heat, but the palate and finish are both very hot. This is one of the hottest scotches I've every had. I drink a lot Octomore's (all without water) and none of them are anywhere as hot as this. For me this is a bad batch, compared to the others I've had. Very disappointing.
Edit; This really needs water, with water it's smooths-out the very ruff heat and allows the sweet Laphroaigian style to shine through. After experimenting with water (this needs a bit more than most) I up my rating from 86 to 88. Still a little more abrasive than the other batches, so I stand by that this is not one of the better batches that I've had so far.