Expansive and complex. The balance and complexity gives it the edge over the other Islay.
No age statement
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Maritime. Kipper-like, orange peel thrown on a barbecue, peat oil, tar, slightly sooty. Ever changing mix of dry, perfumed and sweet.
Palate: Starts soft and fruity, then peat. Medicinal peatiness balanced by caramelised sweetness.
Comment: Expansive and complex. The balance and complexity gives it the edge over the other Islay.
Nose: Rich heavy nose with a vague floral touch (lilac?). Chestnut purée, white chocolate. A huge whiff of smoke emerges. Develops on toffee.
Palate: Smooth for the strength. Good grip. Water rounds it up. Creamy with an ashy dryness. Smoky.
Finish: Toffeish with a spicy burst. Smoke lingers.
Comment: Seems to hesitate between sweetness and dryness. Give it time to open, you will not regret it.
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