Yep, expectations met. Another exceptional release by the good people at Cadenhead, this salute is to you - Slainte!
[August, 2017] I re-tasted it tonight and fully comfirm my prior review. This is great stuff both to nose and taste. The best bang you can get for your bucks these days, I just bought another bottle! Love it... (Tonight I am tempted to score it even higher at 93-94 points). Yes, I am sure now: I rate this 93 points tonight! Adore it!
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.
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.
Rich, fat and oily arrival on the palate. No hot moment, no distracting feeling. One of the best arrivals I had for months... 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 wax lyrically when sipping such stuff).