The King of Islay in his prime, fiercely rampant, with a clarity of vision and a sense of purpose none can deny. A glorious and classic Lagavulin, with an intensity, saltiness and sweetness that balance perfectly as perfumed wood smoke rises to envelop them all; absolutely delicious.
Appearance: Lustrous pale straw gold.
Nose: Mild, drying and soon, wonderfully aromatic; clean, fresh and maritime, with top notes of sea air and Himalayan salt, supported by fragrant smoke dried Lapsang Souchong tea, mineral salts and light cleansing salve. Beneath these lie drier notes of cocoa powder and dried seaweed, with a squeeze of lemon zest, this salty sweetness imbued with wood smoke from a distant bonfire on the shore.
Palate: The texture is smooth and attractively oily; the taste sweet to start then soon growling with an intense lemon acidity, with a sprinkling of sea salt and persistent char talking each sip. The overall salty sweet taste is rounded, softened and sweetened by a drop of water.
Finish: Long, with great waves of smoke, and roaring with chilli pepper warmth. Even better with a dash of water. Smoke lasts wonderfully in the aftertaste.
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