So lets see what this years bottling brings to us.
Thanks Rick for sharing your bottle. I'm happy to get every year a sample from friends from germany.
Normally you don't open a bottle so quickly after bottling, so lets see if it is drinkable :-)
The smoke is immeditaly present, but not too heavy. Oaky,spicy,old sherried style.
Reminds me on older ''A'' bottlings from the 70's.
On the palate it is a well balanced sherry malt with spicy and old peaches notes. Not too dry but also a complete different style than the new Sherrycask generation.
I don't need water for this one. The abv is pretty well chosen.
I can feel more the dryer Oloroso Cask than the PX, which I like more. Too sweet wouldn't be my taste.So all good for now.
I have to compare this dram to the older ''Crois Chill Daltain'' bottlings. I think I remember a similarity between these bottles.
It paints more and more the picture of Ardi or Laga in my head.
The Chill daltains had more sherry influence and this one is more complex. If I would guess, this one is older and has a much cleaner islay character.
The finish is mid to long. Nothing what disturbs me for now.
Spicy and old school sherry style. From plums,peaches,coffee,chocolate and tropical fruits.
Surprisingly fruity but still different from many islays like Caol Ilas, Bunnas or Laddies.
I will give this one another try tomorrow or maybe on sunday and will add some notes.
For me this years bottling is better like the last years Seagull because it is much cleaner and not overloaded with extreme sherry(even if the Seagull is an old bowmore, but there was not much left of the old bowmore style).
And that is what I love, when I can taste the charakter and decade.
I would guess that the sherry casks used here were good old second fill european oak from the 60's or70's.
I don't know if they have such a good connection to get a old cask like this from ''A'' or ''L'', but if you ask me I would immediatly say it is one of them. Don't expect a modern peated style. It is something different.You have to go back in history to taste some older bottlings.
That is my first impression.