Nose: candle-wax accompanied by a whiff of smoke, unripe fruit, green pears, citrus, lemon, lime-zest, and tangerines, vanilla and raisins
Palate: a very gentle, sugar-sweet, tropical fruit-bowl with mangos and pineapple. More vanilla and caramel, some star-anise and spicy, like jalapeño peppers
Finish: a light smoke at first, after a while, it gives a sweet, medium long, fruity and dry afterthought
Conclusion: It is a great dram this. I would not refuse it if you would give me one, but I cannot believe this has been the price for this. Yes, it is a rare find and highly collectible, but come on; there are fifteen year olds to be found with much more interesting characteristics, with the same specifications.
Not in 500 years, I won’t.
More info: refill ex-Sherry butt, single cask, cask strength, bottle #358 of 624, cask #1894, 07/05/1997 - 13/06/2012
Tasted at the distillery manager’s tour at the Lagavulin distillery, May 2013