Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky differently from me.
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Such smoke! Many salt… ok that’s enough of that! Back to normal tasting notes.
Smoke, salt and malt to start. Citrus coming through in time along with some vanilla and a slight floral note.
Vanilla and toffee sweetness giving way to ginger which adds a nice spiciness before that ash and smoke takes hold. There’s still a hint of citrus trying to break through but it struggles to compete with the smoke.
Smoke and peat but giving way to a long, sweet and vanilla fulled finish.
At around £150 to £160 for a 50cl it’s not cheap but is it worth it? Well remember it is 25 years old and if you like your Islay whiskies, and particularly Islay whiskies with a certain fruity quality in addition to the classic peat and smoke then I’m sure you’ll love this. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth that price tag though.
Taken from That Boutique-y Whisky Company website:
Nose: An underlying sweet fruitiness; oranges and pink grapefruit, is masked by waves of earthy peat smoke. There’s coke too, no not that coke, coke and ash from a blacksmith’s forge.
Palate: The smoke is mellow, and it’s sweet toffee and liquorice that lead followed by an oily maritime feel with a salty tang.
Finish: Oily, salty liquorice, and a sweet smoke lingers, and lingers, and lingers……did I mention it lingers?