This Island Blend lives up to its promise (just like Douglas Laing's other regional malts). Some smoke, a lot of salt and maritime notes make a good blend. However, a few older components would have been desirable. Maybe Rock Oyster will soon have older variants, similar to Timorous Beastie.
First, the Rock Oyster is very fruity with plums and apricots. This Obstler-like shows that the components of the blend are still very young. After the fruits are gone, a maritime smoke prevails. This will get stronger over time and some liquorice will be added.
Now the maritime notes unfold completely. A lot of salt mixes with the smoke of a cold campfire and an oily texture. The fruits are now missing completely. The taste provides cayenne pepper and salt caramel.
The relatively short finish has notes of pepper. Kelp, wood fire and some gum.
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