Volume: 700ml ABV: 46% Age: No Age Statement Country: Scotland
This blended malt is a standout along side Douglas Laing’s Regional collection of blended whiskies. With its Islay character and a little sweetness this small batch bottling is produced without colouring or chill-filtration and contains Islay Malt Whiskies from distilleries such as Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and even has whiskies included from the now closed and much sought after Port Ellen distillery.
Our Tasting Notes
Nose: Now if your a fan of Caol Ila, click ‘add to cart’ as there is a distinct Coal Ila aroma. You can sense that the other distillery bottling’s are present but I find that the Caol Ila is the dominant character here. Like most Islay whiskies we find citrus, peat smoke with saltiness but with the Big Peat there’s a touch of brine and fresh leather. The sweetness ties all these notes together to give a very interesting nose that you can sit on for a while, much like a Lagavulin 16 years old.
Palate: The palate brings citrus pear and apple with the Caol Ila ash we have grown to love and shows spice and salty licorice. It is young so give a little bit of a punch. However the young whisky and the sweetness are very well matched and deliver a really excellent whisky on the palate.
Finish: The medium finish does not give us the smoke and ash that we expect to linger with an Islay whisky but instead the sweetness and vanillas linger and the smoke dries nicely on the tongue. An excellent blended whisky which does show that it is young and it certainly is smooth and delicious.
Jim Murray’s Tasting Notes
Nose: A magnificent array of salt and bitty peat; heavy yet light enough for the most delicate of citrus. Hard to find a nose which screams “Islay” at you with such a lack of ambiguity: it is, frankly, perfect.
Palate: The delivery is constructed around a fabulous bourbon Demerara sugar and liquorice framework; the peat enters as soon as this is in place and in varying layers of oiliness and depth. The mid ground sees the re-emergence of the more complex Ardbeg and Port Ellen factions, a bourbon style, small grains busyness.
Finish: Long, softly oiled still and then a slow dissolving liquorice and spice; vanillas pop up very late, still accompanied by soft Demerara;
I suppose if you put Ardbeg and Port Ellen together there is a chance you might get something rather special. Not guaranteed, but achieved here with the kind of panache that leaves you spellbound. The complexity and balance are virtually off the charts, though had the Caol Ila been reduced slightly, and with it the oils, this might well have been World Whisky of the Year.
Overall score: 96
|Dimensions||35 × 14 × 14 cm|
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