Tasted this in a flight with Lag 12 2015 and Lag 16 and even added a Laphroaig 10 for good measure.
First of all, the color is the pretty typical light gold you'd see in a young whisky. So there's that. Big surprise.
N: I found this very buttery, which I love. Love love that buttery note. What is that? It's one of the reasons I tend to adore young Scotch. Of course you get a little peat as well. There is also a bit of sweetness that comes through. All in all, it's pretty light and subtle.
P: Lots of peat here. A bit harsh. (Water helps, but makes it that much more one-dimensional.) This is not the nicely balanced Lag 12/16 you'd expect. Buuuuuut, I can't help but be struck by how this tastes like a nice youthful Lag. It retains so much of the character, it's kind of mindblowing that it's half the age of the 16 year.
F: Can't say much here. Falls off quickly and leaves a little burn (no election reference intended). Some earthy afternotes, I suppose.
I am impressed by how much this 8 year old whisky retains the character (a bit of elegance?) of it's older sibling, the Lag 16. It's one dimensionality and finish really pull it down though.
I just don’t really like this and I have trouble finishing a glass of it. But judging from the tasting I first had this at — filled with many novices — it has serious appeal for many. It just hits me with lots of very young qualities, full of new make-y scents and flavors. Those are attributes that I associate with distillery visits (lots of fun) and vomiting (not lots of fun).