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James MacArthur 14 Years Old Islay Blended Malt Tasting notes and reviews

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James MacArthur 14 Years Old Islay Blended Malt

Brand
James MacArthur
Expression
14 Years Old Islay Blended Malt
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Age
14 years old
Abv
58.30%
Produced at
James MacArthur & Co.
Website
www.james-macarthur.co.uk
Availability
Europe

Martine Nouet

Nose
Grassy, peaty, citrussy. Thick smoke wraps up seashells and green seaweeds Coal tar.
Palate
Sweet to start even at full strength. Milk chocolate, lemon pulp released in a wave of freshness. Water enhances a bitter edge.
Finish
Dry, chewed rush.
Comment
Alcohol is so well tamed. A fully Islay vatted malt. Vatted, really? More a single than a vatted. Or an Ardbeg vatted with a Laphroaig?

Dave Broom

Nose
Immediately smoky. Fish boxes and brine. Higher alcohol increases the feeling of rigidity, but it needs water to soften things.
Palate
Oily phenols hit home. Quite tarry. Without water its rather dusty and dry, with it though there's caramelised scallops.
Finish
Long, a little metallic.
Comment
A big playfight on Port Ellen beach after closing time.
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