APPEARANCE: Golden colour.
NOSE: Ashes, peat smoke, a rather fat and sliglty sweet smoke. Also iodine, salty sea air, sea shore, wet seaweed. In the background green apples, a few drops of lemon. My guess is Caol Ila or Ardbeg, most probably Caol Ila. (88-89p)
TASTE: The ashes and fat, slightly sweet smoke shows up immedieately in the arrival. On the mid palate there's mildblack pepper, some more ashes, a certain sweetness and some salinity. I miss some complexity. A few drops of water doesn't change much. (84p)
EXIT: Exiting on a salt & pepper note, remaining very consistent all the way through the medium long aftertaste. A few drops of water doesn't change much. (83-84p)
OVERALL: A lovely nose, delivering quite rich, unmistakeable Islay notes. Unfortunately it doesn't quite follow up in the mouth, where I find it to be simpler and lacking a bit in complexity or balance. But thanks to the nose it still gets away with a TOTAL SCORE of 85 points.