"As we get it" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 61% alc. Bottler: Ian Macleod. Expansion: unknown
Nose: Sweet peat smoke, pleasant mixture of maritime aromas and a little charcoal grill. I find caramel, shell limestone and a wet sandy beach, then vanilla and a touch of barbecue marinade. Some fat drips from the meat into the grill and burns.
Palate: Very sweet start, it surprises me a lot. Fresh caramel and some milk chocolate, then oysters and soy sauce, fennel and menthol. Towards the end, the sweetness becomes even thicker, the vanilla becomes stronger and a variety of culinary herbs.
Finish: Medium to long, warms up for a while. The emphasis is still on sweet smoke and more herbal aromas, plus tar and very mild oak.
Conclusion: Oh an exciting Islay whisky and definitely not for every lover of smoky single malts. On the palate in particular, it surprises with tart and slightly bitter herbal aromas that you did not expect in the nose before. The 61% are wonderfully integrated, the whisky can ideally be drunk without adding water. 84/100 points (2022)