Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.
This sample was one of three from the House of Malt Secret Bottling Series. I was lucky enough to take part in a Twitter Tasting involving all three bottlings. Read about the #HoMSecret Twitter Tasting here.
Light gold / Straw.
Peat and wood smoke to start, giving way to saltiness at first followed by sweet vanilla.
Peat and smoke – a very ashy feel to it. Pretty quickly though you get definite butterscotch and even fruit notes – I would say orange with a touch of orange peel citrus.
Nutty smoke, salt and sweet mixed then again a touch of orange citrus.
I’m a big Islay fan and love a good smoky/peaty dram and this was no exception. Initially it made me think of Laphroaig only without the well known iodine – which is interesteing as some of the other people taking part in the Twitter Tasting for this got a lot of medicinal notes from it. However upon tasting it made me think more of Kilchoman… what’s actually in here will remain a trade secret of the House of Malt staff however!
Taken from House of Malt Website.
House of Malt Islay 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Nose: Typical Islay Peat and smoke, but balanced with butterscotch sweetness.
Palate: A lovely rounded mouthfeel, subtle peat smoke with pistachio nuts and butterscotch again.
Finish: Seaside honeysuckle, a saline savoury long finish – lovely!