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Whisky Reviews for Classic of Islay Vintage 2021 JW
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.35 points
- During the first nosing you get a good load of campfire smoke and butter-popcorn. Slowly the popcorn gives way to moderate sherry aromas. The palate is dominated by (very well integrated) campfire smoke, accompanied by a forest fruit basket. All that combines to a very good and long-lasting aftertaste. The 56.1% are nicely integrated and this one is dangerously quaffable.
- Definitely a southern Islay. I don't dare finally commit myself to one distillery, the barrel aging is simply too dominant for that. But I think I can rule out Caol Ila and Bowmore. I'm guessing Lagavulin.
Ultimately, the classic, strongly smoky aromas meet the tart-fruity aromas of the red wine barrel, which usually complement each other well.
A good, drinkable whisky for little money, which seems a bit interchangeable. Ultimately, it doesn't have to hide because of the issue price and is not interchangeable as it was very cheap for a cask strength Islay!
By the way: The alcohol is wonderfully integrated. Nothing burns here and you can enjoy it undiluted without any problems!
Great PLV. If you assume 90 for the 16 Lagavulin, 88 is great! With an extra point for the price.
- Young Islay taste as it should be. As always with bottling the Classic of Islay bottled by Jack Wiebers. The lagavulinish note is there but it takes some time to show up.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
Smoke, sweet, dark fruits, some marzipan, chocolate, coffee, iron, some herbs, dark bread.
Smoke, sweet cognac cherrys, some sherry notes, dark chocolate, some espresso.
Long. Smoke and toasted oak. A lot of dark chocolate with espresso.