Images of Islay ‘Finlaggan’ (53,2%, Malts of Scotland, single malt, 256 bottles, 2014) Colour: as white as very lightly peated water. Nose: very different, starting with a very metallic edge, and going on with wet rocks and gravel, clay, chalk, concrete… Probably one of the most mineral malts I could try. Whitewash. With water: liquid ink, new plastic pouch, carbolinium, anti-rust paint… Mouth (neat): very very good. Limejuice and smoked seawater, with perhaps one cranberry. Hard to describe, but believe me, it’s very very good. With water: perfect spirit, with no cask pollution. Okay, okay, little oak influence. Finish: long, perfect, with a little tar. Grapefruits and more carbolinium in the aftertaste. Oh, and an extreme smokiness. Comments: I haven’t tasted the whole series by MoS yet (yep, lazy), but I think this one’s my favourite so far. Perfect young distillate. Painters too will love it. SGP:259 - 90 points.