The comparison is quite difficult for me as both drams have a lot in common.
But in the 18 I get an aroma of smoked fish in oil that's not in the 15. The new expression is very maritime with seaweed and iodine and I think there's a hint of roasted espresso.
In the mouth it starts almost silky and elegant and it takes a while before the typical medicinal taste, peat and a certain spiciness appear.
The 48% alc. make the 18 y.o. somehow more expressive and more complex than the 15 y.o. .
The finish is rather long and mainly smoky or tarry
I think that this one is a dignified replacement for the 15 y.o.
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