I'm glad to see that Bunnahabhain 12 ended up being an enjoyable experience for you. It doesn't pack the punch of Islay's big 3, but to me, it's a fantastic dram! To me, a small amount of water provides a magical supplement that, in my opinion, opens it up and makes it better! I wish more people would give this bottle a chance. It's a great way to get your feet wet with Islay. I know what you're thinking, but no, I don't work for Bunnahabhain.