Edition No 2 – Islay, NAS, Hogshead Cask, Bottle No 288, 55.2%
- Nose – Clear stamp of Islay character – smoke, dry bark, a tinge bitter, leather, bogs, bitter, sweet smoke, over rite fruit, moss, some cereals, liquorice, cracked black pepper
- Palate – For such a promising nose, the palate was not so complex, still in character with the nose but in a sharp way, almost harsh and young… however when later revisited seemed like it had settled into its own and much more in harmony with the nose and finish
- Finish – Sweet long finish with a bitter edge… nice and ‘big’
- Water – Lost a lot on the nose, became almost too sweet – like cinnamon candy
After a a wonderful range of aromas, bit disappointing palate initially, the finish completely redeemed itself. After airing for some time, all three elements started to play much better together.
Above all – there was absolutely no doubt this was an Islay whisky! If you were randomly asked to pluck something off the shelf that meets the stereotype of a what one associates with the ‘Islay region’ – this would be perfect.
Wanting to know more, I wrote to the gentlemen over at the Whisky Exchange.
Most amusingly, they came back with a teasing clue…
a distillery from the town of Port Askaig
What’s your guess?
The other miniatures sampled in August:
- Tomatin Legacy 43%
- MacPhail’s Collection – Orkney 8 year 43% (Highland Park)
- Edition No 1 – Speyside 10 year, Sherry Butt, Bottle No 240, 51.6%
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