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Scarabus Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky HL

Overall rating
83.19/100
votes
529
Whiskybase ID
WB132075
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottled
2019
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
LCM19 266
Barcode
5060354267271
Bottled for
Fèis Ìle 2019
Added on
24 may 2019 3:43 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 37.62

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Whisky Reviews for Scarabus Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky HL

63 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.19 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Ship’s Ropes
    Hunter Laing & Co, the company that runs the new Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay, jumped on the Feis Ile bandwagon in 2019 with the release of this single malt dubbed Scarabus. I’ll have you know there is a Scarrabus (with double ‘r’) Farm very close to Bridgend. Writings show that there was even a pot still there between 1817 and 1818, but apparently it was never operational. This still does not offer us any clue as to the contents of this bottle. But we can all agree, I’m sure, that the bottle looks stunning.

    The peat immediately rears its head in the guise of a bonfire on the beach, but is quickly and easily overcome by some citrus fruit and a truckload of caramel. Feels somewhat young, but it does not bother. The second whiff offers freshly polished leather and some plasticine. There is even a candy-like quality to it and in my opinion it works well. This is a very nice Islay nose.

    Yummie in the tummy! A touch salty, a bit sweet, lots of salted caramel and candied oranges. This is supported by a big smokiness with black pepper and some nutmeg. Greasy ship’s ropes and leather kick in, while a drop of balsamico joins to soften things up a bit.

    The finish is good. The malt softens further, the fire and spices fade and the oranges return again.

    Lovely Ileach. A young sherried Lagavulin if you ask me, but I could not get this confirmed anywhere. If you consider the fact that you can buy it for 35 to 45 EUR, then you know this is bang for your buck. Thanks, Manny! I’m getting me another bottle of this.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] A quick review of a sample with very low expectations...

    ...which are fully met, sadly. This is a bottling the world does not need and I prefer most (even simple) blends over this stuff. It is raw, harsh and immature without any interesting aromas or flavours. It provides a drinking pleasure for the spittoon, only. Come on Hunter Laing, you can do better than this!

    Just a word to all who like this bottling: I acknowledge that many modern drinkers prefer such immature but strong flavour spikes and just do not care about complexity, balance or "traditional" whisky flavours. This is absolutely okay, the same it is okay if someone prefers Gin, Vodka or Schnapps. But I reject to call immature spirits "Single Malt Scotch Whisky" knowing that legally it is - to me these words simply own a different meaning (in terms of quality), sorry folks. (By the way, there might be significant quality differences of the different batches of such releases, too.)
    • Nose
      80 80
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers an immature profile of young peated spirits, I guess most of them are less than five years old (I had a lot of such cask samples before so I know what I am talking about). To be honest, there is nothing of interest in here and my olfactory cells cry out: "Skip nosing, please!"
    • Taste
      78 78
      The taste is about the same with an immature peat-driven profile without any significant malt flavours (beside simple sugars). Despite its youth the wooden notes are quite strong already, obviously they used a significant share of virgin oak casks in this batch. I detect just sugared alcohol, peat and wood - so if you like your whisky without any whisky flavours this dram is for you. But why should I pay that much money for such a drink?
    • Finish
      75 75
      The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate with bitter-astringent moments of virgin oak. The finish is short and turns even more to the bitter peaty-wooden side which is no surprise at all. Water releases more immature bready-mashy aromas in the nose (no, these are no whisky aromas because they smell like a spirit younger than three years and according to Scottish law such spirits are not allowed to be called whisky). Same on the palate. Do not get me wrong: Of course this is drinkable, but why should I?

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    almost virgin oaky, spicy, dry, not very pleasant and relatively ugly aftertaste (old socks?).

    superior design, inferior whisky. not sure this will serve as a flagship or bridge up to the first whisky. but the ardnahoe can only be better than this and the laings should have done better, or are the stocks that low?

    safe your money.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      72 72

  4. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    From my personal point of view, this dram has an excellent price-performance ratio.

    Color: light golden yellow
    • Nose
      Smoke, pineapple, beef soup, honey, gum
    • Taste
      Marshmallows, smoke, pineapple, malt, cocoa, gum
    • Finish
      Malt, smoke, pineapple, burnt sugar, medium length

  5. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 16 ℃

    No coloring, non-condensing filtration

    Viewing Eyes: Gold

    Smell Nose: slightly burnt bacon, broth, rich in fat, sterilized water, familiar mint cooling, yeast and sweat, milk, sweet orange, orange, sashimi and shellfish, salty sea breeze, Wujiang mustard

    Taste Palate: matches, sweet and sour lemon candy, orange fudge, oranges, lemon peel, salty sea fish, sea water, burnt wood, disinfection water, familiar lime, rocks, baking soda

    Finish: Finish, long, canned syrup, earth, herbs, vanilla, sweet milk, obvious sweetness, yellow rock sugar, light smoked salmon, ashes, tobacco

    Body: Medium, medium-greasy, smooth, bitter, no tannins

    Nose: 84.5 / 100

    Palate: 85/100

    Finish: 84/100

    Body: 85/100

    Overall: 84.5 / 100

  6. PhilDrambuster scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Superb value for a well made and matured young, peated, Islay single malt. Brimming with sweet peat reek and sweet lingering fruits.
    Has anyone considered that it is one distillery's new make spirit matured in a different Islay distillery's used cask? I'm sure that happens a lot, to reduce the costs of transportation on the CalMac ferry. I am most impressed by this Hunter Laing offering, I enjoy the mystery, and would bet that due to its very reasonable price that it is a Caol Ila whisky matured in a Lagavulin cask..

    (Scarrabus is a farm in the centre north part of Islay. There is a standing stone nearby. The suffix "-bus" means farm)

  7. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Loses significantly against the Islay Journey on the same house, unfortunately too sprightly and out of round
    • Nose
      rather closed, ripe floury apple, very light smoke, light spiciness, vanilla, generally rather dry, some malt, looks quite young, somewhat alcoholic and unfortunately also rather thin, there was the Islay Journey another house number with the same alcohol strength
    • Taste
      creamy, sweet, fruity, vanilla, even here little smoke, the youth tastes, probably through the lack of smoke still clearly through, metallic, the fruit is also quite neat, ripe apples, mirabelle,
    • Finish
      behind smoke more, drier, fruit bowl, slightly numb mouthfeel, a breeze of cinnamon, vanilla

  9. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Color: dark gold
    • Nose
      Nose: soft smoke, a young whisky, wood, earthy. Some sweetness and maybe even a little bit of sherry.
    • Taste
      Palette: medicinal, pepper, sharp, red fruit, apples, dry mouth feeling, liquorice, floral, leather, ash-like, maritime and salted caramel.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is dry but definitely greasy later on. Little cashew flavor accompanied by ash and smoke.

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Pretty good whisky actually, not too heavily peated, a lot of room for some sweet and fruity elements as well.
    • Nose
      84 84
      At first a lot of peat, rubber and fake leather, like a 'Scapino' experience. Caramel with a bonfire smoke-twist, then some real fresh citrus fruitiness comes in.
    • Taste
      84 84
      A lot of sal-ammoniac initially, some pepper, spicy, cinnamon as well, pretty strong. Some smoke, peat, fakeleather, caramel, licorice, orange as well.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Now it gets a lot smoother, bonfire smoke, licorice, still some orange, honry. Middle long finish, spicy as well.

  11. niggogo scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Not bad, but noticeably quite young. Smoke and citrus fruits, not much else.

  12. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. JeJoost scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Picked this up on offer for under 30 euros with little to no expectations, but boy did this one pleasantly surprise. It’s young Islay single malt and it’s not afraid to show it, and gives me great hope for the whisky Hunter Laing are creating at Ardnahoe distillery. I can’t recommend this enough if you enjoy young peaty scotch.
    • Nose
      87 87
      We’re in Islay alright, the smell of earthy peat smoke takes the main stage together with a buttermilk/sour cream sour note. Behind that a lovely burned vanilla, fruits like banana, lemon and unripe, sour pineapple and a lovely gingerbread spice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The smoke presents itself like a sweet and spicy honeyed ashtray at first, but transforms into campfire smoke quickly. Lemon, lemon juice and lemon peel all make an appearance together with buttery vanilla, salted caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Some more exotic fruits in the background. Great!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium in length. Campfire, lemon cheese cake, oranges and smoked ham with a little nutmeg and cinnamon. Slightly bitter but not dry.

  14. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    They like it at MALT: https://malt-review.com/2019/07/05/scarabus-islay-single-malt/

  15. mr_braun scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  16. StephanB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A bit of a one dimensional experience, quite some smoke, black pepper, maybe slightly kippery, smoked lemons, and charcoal. Mainly ashy and peppery in the finish. Not a complex dram, but at its (probably) really young age good at what it's claiming to be.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  18. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. ZLako scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    My first Islay malt. Have to say that the first 2-3 drums I had no idea what to like about this but then I started appreciating it and as such more and more notes I was able to detect. Great whisky for the price.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Smoke (salty peat), vanilla, medicinal notes, maritime notes and salt, some burnt bacon maybe, oak notes
    • Taste
      84 84
      Smoke punches you but after the first sip the true taste comes out: sweet vanilla, burnt bacon, some ash and maritime, spicyness kicks in from the eu virgin oak casks, pepper
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long and lingering, very salty and sweet, pleasant, spicy, peppers

  20. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Vanilla, malty, smoky, minerally, honeycomb, spice.

    Palate: Vanilla marshmallows, smoke, minerally, spirity, malty, HNC, spice.

    Finish: Long -> Smoky, spice and marshmallow.

  21. Kokish scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      aroma of light peat, smoke and coal. The smell does not overwhelm and leaves the impression of peat and smoke that is somewhere far away. Perhaps at a neighbor behind the fence
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste does not differ from the smell. The same notes. Very soft, voluminous. Unlike the smell, which is mild, the taste is powerful, clogging everything up with peat, smoke and coal. At the same time, he maintains the brink of a pleasant veus. Alcohol is not felt at all.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is pleasant. Light smoke, charcoal and regret for an empty glass / bottle

  22. Kokish scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      aroma of light peat, smoke and coal. The smell does not overwhelm and leaves the impression of peat and smoke that is somewhere far away. Perhaps at a neighbor behind the fence
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste does not differ from the smell. The same notes. Very soft, voluminous. Unlike the smell, which is mild, the taste is powerful, clogging everything up with peat, smoke and coal. At the same time, he maintains the brink of a pleasant veus. Alcohol is not felt at all.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is pleasant. Light smoke, charcoal and regret for an empty glass / bottle

  23. MaroFF scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very nice, quite accessible and most importantly cheap Single Malt from Islay Island.
    In my opinion, Lagavulin offers very similar flavors and I can say that it is a reflection of it.
    The alcohol is completely hidden, quite delicate when it comes to peat, with lots of citrus fruits, and no pharmacy notes.
    A great whisky for everyday tasting. The price-quality ratio is undoubtedly its greatest advantage.
    • Nose
      83 83
      smoked meat, smoke, vanilla, charcoal, browned potatoes from dinner, slightly alcoholic
    • Taste
      84 84
      quite sweet, vanilla, citrus, burnt milk, peat, a lot of smoke
    • Finish
      84 84
      quite long, sweet, peat and smoke are the leading ingredients, honey tip.

  24. Mapl scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  25. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Scarabus Islay Single Malt 46% (first release). Consumed Dec 2020. So I bought this because all the talk was of it being a young Lagavulin, and upon tasting it I'll jump on that bandwagon and say that's what it appears to be. Aroma of Lagavulin spirit, banana, apple, banana bubblegum. Yes, young Lagavulin spirit like a Cadenheads Islay PBS I once bought. Smells like something you'd buy for £15 in Lidl or Aldi. Not great on the nose. I am not a fan of that pungent banana bubblegum vibe. Taste is better. Biscuity,salty, nice smoke, good breathy smoky spirit. Poor aroma but good taste. Oily yet smoky salty. Good taste - crystalline start but then big potent smoke lingers. Very mixed feelings on the whole but that tasty Lagavulin linger saves this one. Not complex, has a cheap nose - I feel like I should dislike it, but the quality of the smoky spirit in the aftertaste wins me over. Still, a Lagavulin 16 is only £7 more expensive (based on what I've paid recently) so I would clearly buy that instead 3.5/84

  26. Don Cassi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts with viiiieeeel vanilla, light and very creamy with banana and some citrus in the background. The smoke is more in the background and underlines the remaining aromas.

    Slightly sour and spicy in the mouth but still creamy and sweet with a little pepper.

    In the finish, a mélange of maritime notes, pleasant smoky, pastry, banana and citrus notes, followed by chocolatey oak.
    Length: 6/10

    A tasty, creamy surprise with a grandiose PLV, of which you can sniff away a whole bottle in the evening if necessary.

    Grade: 2+

  27. keymaneddy scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      peaty seaweed and spicy
    • Taste
      80 80
      nice peat and sweet obviously
    • Finish
      70 70
      tongue-scratchy, bitter oak and can't get rid of the charcoal roasted coffee aftertaste

  28. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A nice, easy peated dram. And for it's price a very good buy to my opinion.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Ad a drop of water and it opens up more.
    • Taste
      81 81
      After the nosing the taste is somewhat dissapointing, bit flat to my opinion, I expected more.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quite a long finish with peat and spices, I like it.

  29. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2020-07-19
    • Nose
      84 84
      Campfire smoke, pear, light fruits, apple
    • Taste
      85 85
      full mouthfeel with campfire smoke, malty sweetness, tingling
    • Finish
      85 85
      briefly with smoke

  30. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. Cubey666 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Easy drinkable Islay whisky.
    clean peat, citrus, sea salt, smoke, vanilla, black pepper.
    I would guess a Caol Ila or Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  32. Mellodrinks scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
      Turf, peaty, citrus, sea salty.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Fruit, citrus, a lot of grapefruit, swampy.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Lingering smokey finish. Leather.

  33. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  34. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. WhiskyTree88 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  37. zoanaan scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    I will be honest, this is my biggest positive surprise this year. Quality in relation to price is a world championship ;) really recommendable.

  38. Ostap scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Youth is not hidden, but everything is quite well adjusted. Tasty and drinkable, obvious temperament in the "Price / Quality" category. Option for outings (picnic).
    • Nose
      86 86
      Light fuseliness (but pleasant, fruity) gives youth, farm notes, smoked, lemon in the ashes, earthy notes, dried herbs, candied cranberries, eucalyptus, bread crust, malt, delicate peat and smoke, leather, vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Ashes, sweet, lemon in sugar, and here youth is read clearly light fuseliness, wormwood bitterness, peat, honey, milk toffee.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short, sweet ash, malt, wormwood, peat, a little meat, citrus, vanilla and toffee.

  39. Lakerfield scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Rumoured to be Laphroaig, Lagavulin or Caol Ila. I'll go with either Lagavulin or Caol Ila, it has a bit of both. It's young though! Falls perfectly within the Islay category but it's a one-trick pony that offers too little to be interesting enough. Price/performance ratio is good and the bottle is seriously good looking too (marketing got me again). Honestly I'd much rather go for a Caol Ila 12.. A must try for peatheads and newcomers to the world of Islay, what is €40 nowadays?
    • Nose
      Nice peaty nose as you would expect an Islay to be, with some immature notes that haven't found their place yet. Starting with the obvious: Peat, brine, iodine, salt, pepper, ash, manure, grilled meat and cough syrup. A clear fruitiness like tangerine, citrus, orange peel and pineapple shines through after that. Lots of toffee, Mars bar, vanilla, lemon cheesecake and licorice to round things off. It's not all about the peat here as there's a massive toffee note after the expected notes. Big oak influence too as it's a fairly naked and the cough syrup stands out a little too much which causes unbalance. Still nothing that really bugs me.
    • Taste
      A blast of peat without the expected burn, that's a surprise. Very woody though, my guess would be ex-bourbon or virgin oak. Peat, ash, cold smoke, pepper, salt, iodine and bacon to begin with, after that some well-hidden fruits: Apricot, fig and grapefruit. Further on toffee, straciatella ice cream, Seville orange marmalade, pastry and licorice. Some vanilla, cinnamon, creamy malt, new oak and salted pistacchio too. Less fruity here which is an understatement! Lots of peat, wood and maltiness. Nowadays there are many wine matured/finished Islays but this Scarabus clearly wants nothing of that.
    • Finish
      Long with dark chocolate, salted caramel, pepper and cookie dough.

  40. holborndrinker scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    It's good that it's not expensive, but one you might struggle with.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Brackish.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A decent peaty taste, but...
    • Finish
      78 78
      Slightly chunderous aftertaste.

  41. Willum scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  42. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Directly really intense banana, cold smoke, slightly medicinal,
    • Taste
      Honey, banana, smoke, ash, apple peel, a little pepper

  43. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  44. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  45. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Smells rather young and immature, but the taste is much more mature and round.
    • Nose
      Phenolic; young fruit note (fresh ester aromas); light vanilla; light honey; malty sweet note
    • Taste
      Bonfire; Fruit; dry smoke; young, bright fruits; maritime; oily and creamy; a little maltiness again; some vanilla and honey like in the nose
    • Finish
      getting dry; smoky; becoming tart; nice and spicy

  46. Paulsen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nice start, which at first doesn't let you locate it in islay, lots of caramel and sweet malt. Then little by little peat, liquorice, vanilla, salty associations and yet a spray of Islay. In the finish also a lot more peat, phenols, gauze bandage. For around 30 € a good Islay whisky and not as much as 12 as a standard Laphroaig

  47. Paulsen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nice start, which at first doesn't let you locate it in islay, lots of caramel and sweet malt. Then little by little peat, liquorice, vanilla, salty associations and yet a spray of Islay. In the finish also a lot more peat, phenols, gauze bandage. For around 30 € a good Islay whisky and not as much as 12 as a standard Laphroaig

  48. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice presentation, 46 vol.%, NAS, relatively cheap to get (~ 30 € in early 2020) in the Dutch online trade.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Peaty and phenolic at the beginning, followed by citrus notes, a few white wine aromas, braising electric cable, heather, fresh birchwood.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Honey sweetness, peat, citrus notes, liquorice, mint, green tea, white pepper,
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium length finish, white pepper, mint, some honey sweetness.

  49. Danbog scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    21 21 21 21

  50. KonstUA scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 21, finish 21, balance 21

  51. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Glass: Blender's
    10 minutes. stand. Did not help.
    An additional time of 15 minutes ... Let him breathe ...
    Aromatics: a direct blow to the receptors of cruelty and spirituality, the wine base is sour, mash ...
    Trying to save a drowning man: pouring from a blender to a core and vice versa - aeration can help ...
    I do this ritual three times ... It helped ...
    This is a young Lagavulin ... or Ila ... Or a cross, but not particularly important, the keyword "young".
    You can sniff out notes of vanilla and citrus, but why? This is a total young burnt charcoal with peat, abundantly sprinkled with black pepper and salt, and in a particular case, it serves as spices for not fresh meat, trying to hide a flaw ...
    I can assume that if you leave it in an open glass for a day, the aroma will improve significantly ... But should it be like that?
    Taste: not so tearing away, simple, watery and flat as a board - salt, minerality and peat ... sharp and "talkative" young man ...
    At the finish - the salty bitterness of peat and burnt matches, just like in the youngest Kilhoman ... They say this happens at the Ledchigov, but I don’t see rubber here at all ...
    Summary: a great buh ... cheeky, young and overspice peat ... Sticks out everything, especially the nose ...
    81

  52. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Cardboard boxes, marzipan, pear, smoke (ashtray), youth is palpable
    • Taste
      87 87
      Ashtray, sweet smoke, pear, solid and alcohol content fits
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoke remains, a hint of oak, sweetness remains, medium length

  53. JimJaws scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Most likely a young Islay whisky. The PLV is ok
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, lemon, little smoke
    • Taste
      82 82
      smoky and sweet
    • Finish
      79 79
      something short

  54. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 21 83 - great dram for every day!

  55. Dionysus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose tells me it is very young and immature, but the taste and finish are very yummy for an Islay lover.
    For 35 euro this is very good dram, think i might stock up a few more bottles.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  56. DAJKing did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Great bang for buck! Dry spice and smouldering campfire gives way to citrus, leather and a sweet vanilla finish. Considerably better than other NAS offerings from the Island

  57. mer1973 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  58. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  59. KayMeertens scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Young, but not bad. Could be interesting for fans of Laphroaig, but it can't compete with the Quarter Cask which is a bit cheaper.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Peat, tangerine, apple, cherry and marshmallow.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Peat, tangerine, marshmallow, gingerbread and chili pepper.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Pretty hot. Peat and gingerbread.

  60. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  61. WhiskyNH scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Very nice and really drinkable Islay whisky. Seems to be an Islay whisky from the south coast of the island. But that is my humble opinion. Excellent value for this very decent price.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Starts of with red fruit and stewed candy. Then the Islay influence takes over. More seasalt and leather notes with rubarb.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Vanilla sweet with red berries. Then much more maritime with peat smoke and again seasalt. A lovely tingle in the back of the throat.
    • Finish
      88 88
      warming and rich with much more peat and especially ginger and pepper at the end

  62. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Mellow Islay. Young, but not overwhelming peaty/smoky. Sweet notes gives you an offset. Sherry cask used in vatting ?

    Price/quality very excellent (40 euro mark).
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

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