Nose has some peat, apples, lighter fruits, floral notes. Palate is tasty and initially sweet, with honey and vanilla, peat emerging. Finish is very long, with emerging heat that's manageable. Pepper. Starts tasting dryer to me after time. Though I don't love this as much as I did when it initially hit shelves, it's a solid and great whisky.
For me, a considerable amount smoother than the 10 year but not A quality. However, as a bang-for-your-buck....this one is exactly what you should look for. Fair price for an 18 year old with loads of flavor and solid goodness. Pepper and vanillas incorporated with some sweet nuttiness. Very good whisky.