My last retrospective addition (OK, you can all breathe a sigh of relief
) comes from one of my own tastings of some Islay offerings.
Rather than concentrate on the typical,. I chose some slightly different drams, OK, maybe not so diferent to us, but this was a tasting for a few people without a wide experience of single malts.1. Bowmore 12y OB
Fruit and honey, but not overly sweet.Palate:
Vanilla, lime and honeyOverall Impression:
OK, but not exceptional. I still think I prefer 'legend' to the 12y.2. Bunnahabhain 17y, OMC, 1989-2006
Salt, sea-air, seaweed and malt. With a little kelp and even a hint of rubber dingy.Palate:
Another Islay jetty! Sea, smoke, sand. Slightly oily and woody.With water:
More salty with a hint of aniseed.Overall Impression:
Very nice and a very long, salty finish when a drop of water is added.3. Caol Ila, JWWW 'Scottish castles' series, 15y 58.1%
Peat and smoke, that famous Yorkshire Dales chimney in Winter.Palate:
Deliciously smooth. Smoke, peat, leaves, moss and kippers.With water:
Even more smoke, getting smoother with a second drop or two.Overall Impression:
Istill say this is my favourite Caol Ila. It has everything I look for and hope for in a CI. In fact, this is the one which first reminded me of my beloved Yorkshire Dales in Winter! Just imagine, walking through the dales from Pen-y-Ghent to Ingleborough. Nothing! Desolation! Then you come over the brow of a hill and see one row of cottages, chimney smoking as they burn wood and peat. That one smell of fresh countryside, smoke and peat is exactly what is in this bottle!
I always say that I don't 'Score' whiskies. But if I did, this would get 11 out of 10.4. Laphroaig 12y, 1992, OMC
Typical Laphroaig, peat, smoke and sea-air. But not in a medicinal way. In fcat, furhter nosing even identifies a little blue cheese.Palate:
Tingling peat and smoke, but less pungent than the OB 10y.Overall Impression:
A good Laphroaig which, as the age suggests, lies in taste between the OB 10y & 15y.