Islay region – 54.2%ABV – cask strength – 750ml bottle – $56-89 | £47 | €55
I picked up this bottle mainly out of peer pressure. My peat head buddies and twitter friends love it. Every blog I read has nothing but good things to say so hey, I picked up a bottle.
Initial whiff — Huntington Beach circa 1981, low tide, me on a boogie board falling face forward in a pile of rotting seaweed. This was not a fun memory. 2nd whiff, same thing with a little sweetness. Last whiff, my sister’s suede jacket after a Bon Jovi concert, 1988 with a 7-11 big gulp slushy sweetness.
On the mouth — sweet smoke, iodine, salt, cigarette butts, blood and raisins. Smooth for the ABV
Finish — nice, long, smokey and sweet.
In sum — This is not an every day dram for me. Have to be in the mood. Like the A’bdunah, I think this is one to drink when pissed off. I will say, this has to be one of the most complex drops I’ve ever sniffed/tested.
In the right mood, this is a 94pt dram for me. Tonight, it’s an 81pt (not that I do point ratings but when I was sipping this I was trying to think of a good way to explain how mood could play into tasting whisky so, I threw some points on it…)