Nose: Very soft and gentle, with delicate notes of sherry and honey. Muted peat and smoke. A little wood (pencil/pencil shavings) and salted peanuts. Hints of pepper and marzipan. Exotic fruit.
Palate: Very silky. A soft sherry sweetness. Hints of brine, salt, wood and spice. Fairly honeyed and fruity.
Finish: Primarily sweet for a few seconds before some peat, smoke and small amounts of salt and pepper arrive. Becomes quite fruity after a short time, which lasts for a while.
The antipode of its younger siblings, particularly the 10yo; sophisticated, delicate and devoid of all the power and in-yer-face peatiness that the young expressions are famed for. My only slight criticism is the wateriness and total lack of power that the palate displays, but otherwise this is astonishing whisky.
"When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrows these gave their today."