Islay single malt scotch whisky
A beautiful marriage of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, but the emphasis is very much on the smoky character.
Core FlavourBonfires, coal bunkers
Cask detailsA first-fill oloroso butt married with three bourbon barrels.
NoseMedicinal, smoky aromas, with stewed fruit, charred oak and a mineral note.
PalateThe smoke and peat still takes charge, although there’s a little citrus and tropical fruit trying to get out. Characterful woodsmoke and coal take hold, as the fruit gradually emerges.
FinishPerfectly balanced between the fruit and smoke.
Dry smoky tar, dry oak and coal dust with croissant pastry. Still raspingly smoky and dry with a splash of water, but delightfully so.
Perfectly medicinal and smoky, and quite rounded and even smooth at that. This one is winking at the 1960s.