Yep, expectations met. The nose is full of delicious old style Islay aromas that promise an extraordinary malt. They call it on the label "acrylic paint" - I call it old bottle flavour (OBF). Lots of additional aromas on maritime and floral/grassy notes (of course, Islay grass - what else?). One to sniff for hours and you still detect something new.
Rich, fat and oily arrival on the palate. No hot moment, no distracting feeling. One of the best arrivals I had for months... The body keeps the promise of the nose: unbelievable complex and balanced. No, I did not find the "leg of lamb with rosemary and hints of rabbit" as they stated on the back label. But a lot of delicious other things (I will not name them here, you should find out yourself...). All imbedded in an adorable sweet and peaty structure. No flaws that I can detect. Water is not needed, it makes the dram much sweeter and therefore drives it a little bit out of this perfect balance. The finish is very long with some additional maritime flavours added. Neither bitter nor drying, just a little cold ash. It reminds me of the smell at Port Askaig harbour with a distant cold fireplace after a delicious seafood BBQ (I get lyrically when sipping such stuff).
Another exceptional release by the good people at Cadenhead, this salute is to you - Slainte!