Overall, this bold fruity dram was a wonderful welcome to Aisla Bay. I would be curious to try a dram with a bit less cask influence to get a better idea of the malt’s characteristics.
Fruit, malt, and musty antiques. Fruity notes of strawberry, kiwi, and pomegranate opened up right away while notes of citrus zest, orange blossoms and barley sugars built over time. Gradually the fruity notes became richer with dried berries, pomegranate juice, and dusty, musty notes of old library shelves and antiques.
Medium-thick body with a nice viscosity and rich notes of dried fruits, barley sugars, and antique wood. Dried orange peel, apricots, and dates arrived on a heady wave of barley sugars. All sorts of sticky pastries came to mind with orange sticky buns and rolls full of dried berries and cherries. The mid palate was full of dried leather, book bindings, and archival cartons while barley sugars clung on through the end with a faint menthol.
Lingering dried berries and dusty library stacks.