Admiral, good notes & description, is this an OB?
In the smallest of small print on the label, it reads, "Exclusively selected and bottled for http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com
It has a plain, small white label with purple printing. Distilled 18th January 1999, Bottled 20th August 2004, from Cask No 19.
I cannot deny that the price is absolutely outrageous. It's only available from a specialist importer here in Oz, and he's selling it for $170, which is utterly ridiculous for a 5 year old.
However, since I won the bottle in a tasting competition, I can't complain now, can I?
Would you compare it to any Islays?
Well, the peating makes it comparable to the most peatiest of Ardbegs or Laphroaigs, but it stands head and shoulders over, say, Ardbeg Very Young, which is still too youthful IMHO.
Admiral, didnt you think the liquerice was way too overpowering?
No, not really. There's certainly a decent hit of licorice, but I felt it sat nicely with the other flavour components.