30ml at home, Aug 2021.
Dark golden orange.
Aroma has a medicinal sort of smoke, burnt caramel, caramelised and salted peanuts, some burnt wood, slight soap and ginger. Over-cooked caramel sauce has started to stick to the pan. Touch of pine.
Taste is soft and light, biscuit and banana behind the smoke, salted caramel. Nicely balanced. Some slightly burnt banana bread and some fatty ham.
I normally find 40% whiskies underpowered but this is not insipid at all and it has a touch of spice to it. It would certainly benefit from being a little stronger but it's fine, really. Reminds me a little of Lagavulin but I'm going to say it's probably a Caol Ila. Good stuff. It's an accomplished whisky that could be a distillery's official bottling – one they’d put out with pride. Makes me want to try the cask strength version - this could be genuinely brilliant at a higher abv. Probably a bit better than I was expecting. 3.65/87