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.
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 is sweet to start, then soon growling with 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.