N: Our last dram of this 12-dram flight is this second offering from PM who had reservations about sharing it as he regards it highly,.. so thankyou. Octomore & Glen Scotia are initial guesses which means I could be on the wrong island,.. or peninsula. Leathery > meaty < malty,… oily-medicinal-clean garage-y/metals/sweat/dank notes. It’s “,.. off profile”, says PM. [Revealed, I’d have never guessed Caol Ila]. This whisky must carry a very high abv. It screams of barley despite the [PX or oloroso?] sherry influence.
T: Boy what an abv. I reckon this is the strongest of the night [60+?], and yet it’s somewhat easily accessible with water. SMWS Laphroaig > Ardmore?,… not really. Salty-dry – toffee-ish – maltiness all the way with a touch of ground pepper seasoning, this dram is making me hungry. It also prompts the previous banana-ey toffee-d Deanston – in a dirty way – yet this dram is anything but dirty. It’s firm and direct, no messing. Complexity lies in the transition. Nice!
F: As a youthful [< 10yo?] presentation, the [PX?] cask influence isn’t exactly passive yet the powerful eggy-ish custard-powder/hot chocolate spirit remains un-ruffled/untouched. I should be guessing Caol Ila now but I‘ve been drawn away by the [delicious] ‘off profile nose and palate.
C: Proof that abv carries flavour. A cracking malt, and for £54, it’s a bargain!!