Serge from whiskyfun says:Serge from Whiskyfun says:
17 yo 'Islay Cask' (43%, OB) An
interesting 94-casks cuvee I had never
tasted before - I know I'm a little late.
Some loved it, some hated it. It's been
finished for 6 months in some Islay casks
- some say it was Ardbeg, some others
say Laphroaig, and the last said it was
a blend of various distilleries, including
Lagavulin. Some have also argued this
one isn't a single malt anymore, but rather
a vatting of different distilleries. Well,
let's just check what 'the glass' says.
Colour: pure gold. Nose: very earthy,
with lots of gentian spirit - I love that
- melted with Balvenie's typical honeyed
notes. Beautiful, I think. Hints of vanilla
cream and dried orange. Mouth: surprisingly
peated, like if somebody had just poured
twenty bottles of Ardbeg into each cask.
Quite smoky - and even salty. Again, hints
of gentian (roots) and liquorice, added
to the sweet, honeyed notes. Long and
beautiful finish. What a great balance!