Would you look at the price in 2012: £45!
N: I wasn’t expecting such an ‘Islay’ signature but it’s pleasingly farmy. Blind tasting-wise, only a lack of salty lemon removes it from almost-certain Port Ellen territory. Melon & grapefruit provide the fruits. We must surely be talking refill bourbon? Wood paint, a little creasote, plasticine, bakelite,....
T: Those peated maltings speak freely as does the saltiness & brininess with grape-skin and a little fizz, but it’s the waxiness that remains solid. Though there’s not a great deal of movement, it’s undoubtedly a tasty number. Initially dry, savoury-sweet liquorice on the turn, but some drams later it develops on chocolate liquorice to die for.
F: Woody & waxy smoke with more grape-skin dryness - but it has given plenty.
C: The story so far: A well-aged [Bowmore/Lagavulin-esque], peated malt from a decent refill bourbon cask makes for a joyous outcome. Add a drop or two of Aberlour A’bunadh [sacrilege I know], for even more remarkable results!
Scores a B