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Whisky Reviews for Islay #2 TBWC
17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.18 points
- This bottle won the title "Best Peated Whisky" in the "Ultra Premium Category" at the MMA 2017. It got a silver medal with an average of 89 points given by the 8 MMA tasters. http://www.maltmaniacs.net/awards/
- I would say a Laphroaig, I feasted
- Nose: Gentle peat, accompanied by floral profiles in the like of orchids, very elegant start. With a bit of time, a burst of tropical fruit can be detected, banana, papaya and mango in specific. Just impeccable.
Palate: The palate was shy at first, but later on, the nose perfectly translates onto the palate, with the gentle peat kicking off the journey. Quickly followed by some lively flowers, that give way to a yellow fruits burst, specifically mango and papaya.
Finish: the finish is long and warm, with the peat and malty sweetness ending the journey
This dram is very impressive as it is an elegant yet power dram, essentially painting a picture of a dinner in the tropics; a camp fire on the side, with floral decorations, where in the middle of the table is a yellow fruit basket!
- Sea salt, citrus, peat, everything is well combined and balanced. At first I was inclined to Lafroyge, but still I think Ardbeg. 22.5-22.5-22.5-22.5
Dave thinks this is an Ardbeg, due to his understanding that Ardbeg has a particular 'stable’ note.
N: Could be an Ardbeg. Peeps mutter differing opinions.
T: Squidgy bourbon-y-sweet herbal vegetal < < maltiness.
F: Speaks now of a sourish vegetal barley sweetness and salty seaweed popcorn with a strong yet welcoming herbal fresh aniseed tail. Could this be a Laphroaig? I’ve really no idea.
C: If it is Ardbeg, £155 is an excellent price for a 25yo, but there’s absolutely no reference. Many think Caol Ila. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil Frankweiler [wiki], or what?!
- Wonderful Islay malt, very complex and balanced. Wide palette of aromas from smoked fish to light fruits, full bodied palate and long pleasant aftertaste. Although the distillery is undisclosed, I would think about Caol Ila in the first place. Expensive and limited but still available (spring 2019).
Soft smoke with rubber notes, fresh, fruity (green melon, pear, peach), honey, toffee, hint of menthol, later comes minerality and coastal notes (wet stones, brine, kelp) and some notes of farmyard, smoked fish
Slightly sweet, spicy (ginger, nutmeg), salty with light minerality, smoked oysters, pear marmalade, candied lemon zest, oak
Long, slowly getting dry, cold bonfire ashes, berry jam sweetness, salty liquorice, some leathery notes, laminaria salad, light maltiness and oaky tannins