Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday… To the JSMWS blog!
That’s right people, today is the one year anniversary of the Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society’s blog. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since the blog was started.
We celebrated the birth of the blog with an Islay malt – the Ardbeg Uigeadail. Even though the newer version is slightly different than the one I reviewed, I still can not drink that whisky without thinking of the combination of seaweed, leather, blood and raisins.
Being that the blog was birthed on Islay peat, I thought it’d be a good idea to celebrate the anniversary with Islay peat.
Folks, what I’m about to share the details of has to be the finest whisky I’ve had to date. Plain and simple.
On the nose — This is 56.5%ABV?! Insanely soft on the nose. Not quite sure where to start as this nose seems to be filled with a bazillion different scents…
Sweet cigars, smoked dates (is there such a thing?) and fresh sea air yet something a bit musty or dusty about it.
This is just plain brilliant!
Oysters on the half-shell as well dried and salted whitefish.
The nose is incredibly dense and rich and purely decedent.
On the mouth — Much more tannic/dry than expected.
The smoke attack turned into a “sweet blast” which then turned quite peppery.
Sugared and dried figs as well as vanilla pods.
Dusty attic furniture, a very active humidor, dates mashed with demerara sugar, nutmeg and cloves. Fresh potting soil. The list could go on and on and on…
In sum — Do you have an extra $900 or so? If so, buy a bottle STAT. This is the ultimate in smoky celebratory whisky. I had this one to celebrate the one year anniversary of the blog. A well chosen dram for the occasion.
If I had a full bottle, I’d save the next dram for my oldest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. Yup, I’d wait 9 years to pour this again. It’s worth the wait.
Unending thanks goes out to Stephen L, Marshall N, the LA Scotch Club and the Green Bay Packers.