After experimenting with Berrys’ Speyside Reserve, we moved on to the Islay avatar.
Here’s what our Bombay Malt & Cigar club found:
- Nose: Peaty oily and quite earthy. Old leather. Buttery. Becoming quite sweet. Sunshine citrus yet restrained.
- Palate: Smoke yet very smooth. Very sweet. Slight spice kick at the back of the throat. The peat while very much present is subtle and joined by slight cinnamon.
- Finish: Soft spice that mellows out.
Here’s what the chaps over at Master of Malt have to say:
- Nose: Coastal iodine notes, tarry rope, yuzu, wisps of peat smoke and starfruit.
- Palate: As is often the case, it’s on the palate that the peat smoke some truly makes itself known, circling sweet golden barley, dried apricot and vanilla.
- Finish: Lingering peat smoke and sea air.
- Overall: Islay-ey.
For most, this was distinctly Islay in character and much more along the lines of what we’ve come to expect. And yet the Islay did not pair quite so well with our fancy expensive cigar… pity.
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