A very special cask strength release of Islay single malt, enhanced with a finish of more than two years in a fresh Oloroso hogshead. There’s no separate influence of the sherry and of the peat smoke: it’s more of an interaction where the two elements combine for a unique result. Not immediately winey at the nose, it has a hint of fatness while remaining dry and balsamic, fresh and with echoes of pine resin. The smokiness is obviously noticeable, but it’s the medicinal character that really shines. Have a first sip, straight, and the astringency of the sherry will be noticeable: orange peel, aperitif bitters, a hint of balsamic vinegar. With water, the initial tightness opens up and it reveals a creamier, sweeter side, with candied orange and marzipan. The astringency of the wine comes back with a blast of white pepper in the end, together with a final surge of peat smoke.