Includes (but apparently not limited to) malts distilled at Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore, and Port Ellen. Not chillfiltered.
Note that we tasted this at the price of $42/bottle (£26.11 from the UK), which is why some of us refer to it as an economical value. In March 2010 it will hit USA shelves for, we're told, $99.99... which is unfortunate.
Clealy something intended to be over peaty with loads of iodine and medicinal notes (bandaids). Surprising little bite on the palate. Water doesn't do a whole lot to it. Bacon spices and a salty ocean on the finish. Almost made the B+ range....
Smokey nose with white chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon initially. Then Band Aids. Palate is dominated by smoke, a chewy sort of cocoa smoke. Fruity traces of banana candy. Medium-sweet. And though I have never eaten a Band Aid, I think there's traces of whatever they might taste like in here. Finish is long, with refined sugar in the final fade. I like this, the smoke is both strong yet not too overwhelming/undrinkable. Brings me back for more. A good buy for something peated of this flavor/quality. B/B+
When I tasted this at the meeting I got lots of campfire embers and waves of pleasantly smokey peat. Loved it. I bought a bottle, however, and upon trying it at home was nearly overwhelmed by the medicinal aspects -- specifically, to echo Adam's notes, the plasticky/latex/band-aid taste. Weird. I still think it's a really good bottle (and well priced, at least in the UK), but the doctor's-office stuff probably keeps it from getting an A- for me.