I had this after Two-ee Glenugie [WLP]. I had to go somewhere completely different to avoid any ‘death seat’ possibilities. After all, I’d heard great things about this 5yo.
N: Laphroaig-esque though harks to Ledaig are a fair shout. A shopping list inevitably ensues. We start with salty meaty-herbal-oniony malty toffee-d-oat peat and mineral-y oysters, yet it’s sweet too, towards sweetened [sashimi] seaweed with a touch of sweet soy sauce, a drop of Encona, a few drops of sriracha and a pinhead of wasabi. After that second firm sherry cask-steered Glenugie [WLP], this is an example where sherry cask and peated spirit work in partnership = no [Benriach] Heredotus nonsense here! Here, the sherry itself sings like sweet port at times, which is just lovely and understandable, and with only a suggestion of rubber under some streaky bacon. The sheeny barley certainly shines through as well. Becomes a tad more floral over time. In short, this contains a gamut of flavours that spread widely across the flavour wheel. A 5yo too, some cask!
T: Lusciously herbal salty-sweet toffee with fruity crystalised [Golden Syrup] sugars, though very soon there’s a tac change towards garage diesel oily mineral-y peated > coke-smoke. Water elongates the sweetness. Eventually, it turns more savoury in keeping with the rhythm,… of the night?! Strange dance reference there!
F: A long and chatty finisher with a few highlights, namely bitter sour smoky dry herbal peat becoming lightly gritty/sand-paper/grainy before a touch of rubberiness akin to Glengyle’s raved about Kilkerran 8yo. Totally in control of itself, finally it moves into a light moist-dry smoky [still] slightly dirty oily-sweet charcoal-y oaky < mash. The fire burns brightly, long after the last drop. The empty glass talks of kilns, a smell that never gets tired – as long as you don’t work in a maltings I guess.
C: Only 134 bottles! What was the rrp I wonder? The current price of €527 [at Whisky Antique] is more like RIP. Imagine this after 20 years in glass?