New balls please!
Colour: Shiny conkers
CASK NO. 66.44
Nose: looking at the immensely dark colour (it’s one of the darkest whiskies you’ll ever see!), it’s hard not to imagine in advance what aromas and flavours this whisky will offer. The first nose is therefore quite a surprise: Whilst sherry influence is apparent, it’s the peat that grabs your attention. This is highland peat, not islay peat, so it’s more earthy than medicinal, but the Uk Panel’s title is fitting....it’s exactly like a tin of fresh tennis balls. The aromas are more savoury than sweet, offering rich beef stew, pot roast, balsa wood, and a glass of Barossa cab sav!
Palate: Again, the peat rules the roost over the sherry, and the palate is not too unlike some of the peatier, smokier offerings from Bruichladdich. The mouthfeel is soft, voluptuous and rich, making it dangerously drinkable and hugely quaffable. The sherry combines with the malt and the peat to create a fusion of coffee, toffee, licorice, roast beef, red wine jus, and other big, juicy flavours.
Finish: it’s only on the finish that the sherry influence finally gets a chance to rear its head. Again, more savoury than sweet, but that’s the appeal here.
Comments: This distillery is renowned for it’s higher peating levels (as far as highland whiskies are concerned), and this is one of the peatiest ones we’ve encountered yet. Again, however, it is highland peat, not islay peat, and the phenol levels are much lower than a typical islay offering, so don’t be put off if islay whiskies ain’t your thing. This is a FUN dram - lots to enjoy and contemplate, and it will happily accompany you for a night in front of the telly.