This is a miniature I bought after my first Annandale tour [WLP] for The Foz back in 2017. We ended up opening it on Islay more than a year later and I end up writing about more than a year after that. Speedy I am not!
TAKE 1 [2.5cl]
C: Clean gin/vodka-like, the copper showing vibrantly. I like the neutrality. The peatiness really doesn’t show after Laphroaig’s Open Day [WLP]. 2.5cl proves enough for today.
TAKE 2 [the 2nd 2.5cl tried ten months later].
N: After three lovely single cask Caol Ila’s [WLP], this would be a test for any young [Lowland’s] spirit. What’s apparent is the peachy new make character is most reminiscent of the first new make I ever tried at Lagavulin in 2013. With concentrated peach juice [Porn Star martini styley], we’ve dried mango, wash, a peaty yeastiness and copper. What more can you ask for from un-aged barley spirit? It’s as candid as you like, but those sugars impress along with an overall sense of cohesion.
T: Brash coppery spirity yet sugary arrival [neat], with some sweet porridge naturally. More peachy on the turn with peas and old dry vanilla pods.
F: Drying with bitter metallic peach juice kept in a cold kettle. Occasionally, bitter almonds at the death.
C: I’ve got high expectations for Annandale’s peated spirit. Let’s hope it ages well and they get it in some good casks.
Here are my more up-to-date reflections of Annandale's spirit in 2019: