Tasting notes from Jim McEwan:
Colour - Pure Gold/ Chartreuse
Body - The spirit is muscular, smokey and intriguingly sensuous. This is the most heavily peated malt in the world yet the sweet notes of the wine calms the giant and gives a flavour & texture that blows your senses into a place never before experienced.
Nose & Palate Your expectations of a brutal smoke induced monster are shattered. This is the sexiest spirit ever created. The intense smokiness has been seduced by the sophistication of the wine. It should not be possible to calm the beast but it has and the result is absolutely amazing! It opens on a heat haze of peat fires and sweet oak, bog Myrtle, Heather flowers, wild thyme and then the beauty that is the wine emerges with style and grace totally blowing your senses apart. The sweetness of the greatest sweet white wine in the world totally seduces the giant and the result is amazing. The smoke and marine notes pay homage to the cask and it’s a case of spiritual seduction and the beast is transformed into a gentle giant. Now the aromatics and flavours emerge with hints of wild flowers and plants from the peat fields, Heather, Primrose, buttercup, wild Lilies and they in turn merge in harmony with the intensity of the wine sweetness. It’s only when you taste the spirit that your senses go into a hedonistic aromatic trance; Plums, soft green grapes mingle with a slipstream of cooling marine sea breezes, French oak, peat smoke, sweet barley all created by the super slow distillation and maturation on the West Coast of Islay where the air is pure and the casks breath in the salt laden air.
Without doubt, this is one of my cherished children and in 55 years of distilling this beautiful spirit has made my spiritual journey complete.