Inviting kiln smoke on the nose, damp earth, but not strong. Recognizably Lagavulin and so far not at all tired. I swear I'm getting notes of pastrami too.
Oh, hell yes. This is fantastic. Gentle, warming, earthy-woody smokey vanilla-cocoa. Actually fairly in line with what I'd expect from having tasted the 25 and 30, wish I could do a side-by-side here. Very lingering finish with peat wafting through the nostrils with something sweet and something that I swear seems like a hint of pastrami.
I'll admit that I expected this to be a little old and tired, and wanting for peat -- but this is truly excellent stuff.
n: beef jerky and smoked meats, strawberry roll-ups, dried red berry jam. Waxed parchment with lemons wrapped inside. Toasted merengue and smoked oysters on the halfshell.
t: very maritime with sea salt + sardine oil on saltine crackers. Fresh oyster juice with a heavy dose of earthy BBQ smoke and tarry iodine in the middle. Vanilla oil and leather in the long, delicious finish.