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Elements of Islay Elements of Islay PL1 Tasting notes and reviews

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Whisky Magazine Issue 121

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Elements of Islay Elements of Islay PL1

Brand
Elements of Islay
Expression
Elements of Islay PL1
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
60.00%
Region
Islay
Availability
Specialist retailers

Neil Ridley

79
Nose
Powerful and peaty, with some lighter floral notes nestling under the peat smoke, menthol lozenges, sweet wine notes, digestive biscuits and butterscotch.
Palate
Slightly youthful on the first sip, with a bitter caramel note emerging , a slab of peat smoke and underneath, some cloudy apple juice and oak. Needs water to develop it.
Finish
Drying, a little bitter and very smoky.
Comment
With water, this shows signs of popping its head over to the other side, but only fleetingly.

Rob Allanson

81
Nose
Gentle peat at first, a little carbolic soap and big alcohol notes, mushrooms and bacon fried in butter, but there are sweet undertones too. Cedar cigar boxes and soft oak tones.
Palate
Custard pastry sweetness that then gives way to rich earthy notes. Dark fruit (plums and blackberries) compote with quite a tangy edge to it as well, almost soured cherries.
Finish
The oak grips and dries slowly.
Comment
A lovely gentle example of Islay, once the alcohol is tamed.
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