I brought this bottle back from Germany shortly after our first meeting, and my initial impression was that it was offensively smokey. I felt bad I had sold it blind to Mr. Herz. Retasted 2 years later, its actually quite a tasty Islay. Surely smokey, but balanced with a nice sweetness. Definitely a Lagavulin component in there. Has it mellowed in the bottle, or have I just learned to appreciate Islay more? Probably the latter.