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0,70 ltr 43%
Nose: It is peaty – woodsy and soft! It is relatively light and again, like the Towiemore, it is quite fresh. That’s about all the similarity between the two though. Nice bourbon-like sweetness, the peat mixing well with icing sugar and very soft fruity notes. It is a bit shy on the nose. After a few minutes I pick up dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. It is not a very complex nose – but there’s something appealing here. Maybe it’s just the fact that I do like a good Islay whisky.
Taste: Cool and spicy. Dark chocolate – with chunky bits of chili and hard roasted coffee beans. Pepper, ginger and a nice fizziness. Nice and full mouth-feel.
Finish: More fruity now, and the peat comes through more on the finish than on the initial delivery. Soft chocolate and coffee notes serve as a bed for the lighter fruit notes. The peat and smoke swirls on top as a very flimsy but comforting blanket.
Balance: A fun would-have-been Islay dram. I would love to do a blind tasting with this and the entry level whiskies from current Islay distilleries. That could be a fun evening!