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Peat Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky SMS

Overall rating
85.50/100
votes
310
Whiskybase ID
WB78371
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Strength
59.3 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Bottle code
L15/8923
Barcode
5060188981763
Added on
16 feb 2016 8:29 am by ViViTroNL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 44.31

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Whisky Reviews for Peat Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky SMS

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.50 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I know the minimalist style of the bottlenecks of Specialty Drinks, and I like it a lot! But when you choose to abandon the concept of chemical symbols to swing "Peat", I find it hyper reductive. So much to write: "Hey, guys, come on! Islay, it's not peat? What distilleries? We do not care, we've mixed big peat that stretches all over the island and we're going to rip you off curling the 60 ° ". I was not there at the marketing meeting, but find out why, that's what I imagined. So I had a pretty bad a priori on this keel. On the nose, peat very frank, half gourmet (meaty) and mineral (pebbles). Later, sweet malt. With water, more creamy, milk chocolate limit. On the palate, lively and powerful, but very good alcoholic integration. Then yellow fruits. Thick texture. Sweet and spicy after the first sip. With water, the beast is a little tamed, but the fruitiness persists, with an oily texture, almost viscous. Finishing, unctuous even, long and saline. Well it was actually! A super blended malt that makes appeal product for the rest of the range of these Islay single malts bottled cask strength.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  2. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A whiskey that shines with a simplicity that suits him perfectly. A nice blend of Islay (s), I do not know which ones ... Probably a little Caol Ila, it's a favorite of Specialty Drinks. A good candidate to apprehend the rest of the range. (Whiskey Passion).
    • Nose
      Here is a well peated whiskey, iodized to perfection. Lemon. There is a sweetness, the whole is fat and goes straight to the point. The water will relax it, give vanilla, apple. Citrus peels.
    • Taste
      It's in the mouth that Peat will make sense. Always this lemon very present. As for the full proof, it is perfectly integrated, although it does not lack power. The water still offers these peels of oranges, mandarins, grapefruit.
    • Finish
      The peat becomes more vegetal, but it is lemon acidity that persists to preserve a nice freshness. Tobacco smoke.

  3. Captain Teague scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great funstuff that brings peatheads lots of fun. :)

    N: Clear/ Salt Seabreeze, nice sweetnes coastal and very very smoky :) ( the smoke differs from medical /iodine to bonfire and cold fire) , BBQ , if you search for fruits lemon/ Lemoncest may be found, some vanilla - alcohol perfectly integrated.

    M:Nice mouthfeel... sticks to the nose smoke, salty , bbq...umami , notes/meat , lemon, grapefruit, sweetness (sugar/burnt caramel), slight vanilla, alcohol and youth definitely sensable /

    F: Smoke (loong) and sweetnes mixed with lemoncest

    PLV very good - not complex but round and clear..not made for Sherry lovers... I ike that Kilchoman CS comparison below (i have to do that) it hits a bit more (feels wilder and younger) from memory and this is less fruity and ...must def. be the spoonfull of Laga, Laphi and Ardbeg

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    It's young, it's simple, that's OK if you can get it at £35.
    And if cask strenght Islay ticks your box as well, go for it.
    Just don't expect too much refinement.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Sweet citrus and yellow fruits.
      Briney, salty peat.
      Pretty sure the major part of this is Caol Ila.
      Mineral, some seashore pebbles,
      Vanilla wood.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Oily, spicy, peaty.
      This doesn't play around with subtle pokes, it's a simple straight and very powerful jab in the gob.
      Water make it more mineral, with a drizzle of ash.
      It drowns suddenly, so apply by the drop.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Neat it sits hot and burning for a very long time before fading on very bitter chocolate.
      Water washes away that chocolate, and there's really not much left of taste, just a sensation of spice.

  5. CST1986 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I really like this Islay expression, it's pure and simple and tart and brutal, but delicate and refined at the same time. At just below 40€ it's also very fairly priced and is a great alternative to your peated Bunnahabhain or Bourbon matured Port Charlotte, while Southern Shore malts would probably be more complex than this. But who needs complexity if you can have this with its incredible freshness?
    • Nose
      Without water: Fresh, sharp, mineral and citrussy peat, salt, seabreeze, brine, green cucumber and just the right amount of vanilla and pickled ginger to add a distinct layer of complexity preventing the whisky from being a one-trick-pony. Beautifully fresh, sweet, tart and peaty.
      With water: Sweeter with apple peelings, lemon soda and green banana. After a while the peat smoke returns with more intensity.
      Beautiful, extremely fresh nose.
    • Taste
      Without water: Extraordinarily smooth for 59% Vol.! Sweet and silky attack with vanilla and citrus, then with the peat creeping its way to the tongue getting salty and bitter-sweet along the development. Bitter, sweaty and salty woodsmoke in the back of the palate. Very nice!
      With water: Water surprisingly is not mandatory, but intensifies the peaty development, the briny and sweaty notes and the woodsmoke. The sweetness with lemon and vanilla and mashed banana is always present and gives depth and substance.
      Interestingly, there's also a delicate floral note buried within the layers of peat. Love it.
    • Finish
      Long, briny, smoky and warming.

  6. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, fresh peat, smell of meat, yellow fruits acid and a side iodine on the return.
    2nd:
    smoked ham!
    so iodine, salt, peat fat, meat meat, then fruit on citrus and not that, lemons and pears, it's really a good reference Q / P ratio!
    • Nose
      sweetness, roundness and a mix of flavors!
    • Taste
      fire, arrogance of alcohol, and perseverance of flavors
    • Finish
      monolithic but tenacious.

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Good level of complexity and sweetness, even some fruitiness, little bit herbal and drying in the end
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla, apple, lemon, dry hay, dough, some leafy hints, green fruits, carambole, some peat and smoke
    • Taste
      86 86
      Little punchy, honey, good sweetness, yellow fruits, peach, apple, banana, wet tobacco, little herbal and peaty, some smoke
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, peaty, herbal, some menthol

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very clean and powerful malt, unmistakably an Islay. Reminds me a lot of Caol Ila, I'm sure this distillate is mainly in it. Not overly complex, but beautifully embodies what I love about Islay. Good Islay drink for the price.
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke with a subtle, pleasant medicinal note; maritime-salty; Seaweed; fresh citrus notes; some vanilla; with the addition of water, it opens up more and becomes a little sweeter
    • Taste
      oily mouthfeel; sugary sweet; also here the beautiful citrus notes; salty-maritime; Pepper; some vanilla
    • Finish
      Sweet; spicy; Pepper; lemon zest; Seaweed; smoke

  9. just 2thetop scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Great sweet peat bomb
    Sweet peat cow shed on the nose
    a lot upfront - a blast of peat and vanilla
    Fades to the back - a young one but
    full of vitality - the high abv talking
    Reminds me of Kilchoman Machir Bay CS blended with
    small amount of juice from one of the southern Islay distilleries.
    Good buy at around 35EUR Germany

  10. Collegiate scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, crystalline young peat. Reminders of Lagavulin in refill ex bourbon casks. Really great blended malt at a very reasonable price.

  11. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Molt is good, powerful and rich, at the same time, light and airy, such averaged Ayla, classy, ​​but somewhat impersonal, devoid of individuality, gravitating, IMHO, to Ardbeg and young Lagavulin, by the way, they took themselves in hand and did not become to break into exorbitant prices.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, saturated, smoky-peat, kirza, old fat, vegetable notes, chips, metallic shades.
    • Taste
      Powerful, light, smoke, peat, lemon peel, activated charcoal, scorched branches, pepper, light sweetness.
    • Finish
      Soft, warming, lemon peel, peat, burnt caramel, lemon pepper.

  12. Dionysus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    With a few drops of water, this is an excellent dram for Islay lovers.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. springtank scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sweet peat, candied lemon, ashes, iodine, fruits, very nice

  16. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Ginger, citrus, vanilla, sparkling, light fruity

    taste
    Like the nose

    finish
    Long, light fruity

  17. thebonewolf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoke, shells/beachy, ashy, slightly musty. Toffee.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Heat, vegetal, salty.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Vegetal. Medium-long.

  18. Nazin scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    Yet another, peated/sweet whisky with plenty of alcohol on both nose and palate. Nothing really interesting.

  19. Casketje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's simple, it's in your face, but it doesn't have any off notes and it allows you to just enjoy it without having to concentrate on it. I like it.

  20. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. nkrc scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Colour: white wine

    Nose: earthy, mossy, wet dog. wild. a sour note. green fruits, grassy, tar, pears. Tips of matches. Pepper.

    Palate: Chili, leather, dry.

    Finish: Long and smoky, gundpowder

  22. Whisky-Ex scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes from an online tasting with 16 participants
    A smoky coati!
    Nose: smoked pancetta, ham crust
    warm smoke
    in the first it tastes like smoked ham and then becomes very sweet and mild
    Salty old tires on the nose and then surprisingly mild and sweet in the mouth
    for me it is a completion
    tastes very sweet, honey
    old charred ship plank from the Scottish high moor - salty, smoky
    Taste: Fantastic, the sweetness that I was missing in the nose was incorporated into fine smoky notes, very tasty !!!!! Lingers for a long time, at the end citrus notes flare up
    even your fingers smell of smoke when you open the bottle
    I love this little piece of earth (Islay)
    pepper notes also appear at the end
    very tasty, vanilla, some grapefruit
    Water makes it a little milder
    think he's fantastic
    94 points
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  23. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: White wine smells fragrance. Nose: Peat is milder, seafood, fish meat, sugar, scallops, vanilla cream ice balls, some brine, salty, fresh and sweet, medium saltiness and superior taste Palate: medium salty, medium sweet , No sour, no bitterness, seaweed, grilled fish, coke, plant ash, sea waves, vanilla, white toast, simmered fruit, salt, dried apricots, some fresh blueberries and coconut shell at the end. Finish: long, slightly salty, Sweetened, smoked, a little nutty Body: less fat, watery, weak body, no tannins

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 83/100
    Overall: 85/100, the body is short, the smell and flavor are good, the coordination is good, and there is a certain level

  26. Spike50 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Great overall whisky involving a nice balance of Peat and other elements that make me come back to this whisky again and again. I rather leave it sitting out for 15-30 minutes to get the full range of smell. A couple of drops does add some additional flavors on the palate, but I didn't taste a major shift.
    • Nose
      90 90
      What all peated whiskys should smell like. Peat, smoke, salt, brine, with some green apple undertones with sweet vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat is certainly there, but other elements such as spices, green apples skins, and medicinal components come full through.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Finish lasts quite a while, but I find a very sweet finish that I don't like as much as the nose and taste. That being said, I do love the length of the finish on the palate.

  27. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  28. Dmz scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Excellent quality for such a low price.
    Peatty and sweet! I'd like to have this on my shelf.

  29. ballunder scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Thick campfire smoke wafts out of the glass literally filling the room. Reminds me of a good Port Charlotte in that regard. Sweet honey upfront but this whisky is positively brimming with oily, salty, peat. A simple whisky and straight to the point, er...or do I mean "peat"? ;-)

  30. Bam scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nice bottling, with a lot of smoke. The alcohol is already included and you can drink it straight without any problems. With a little water, it becomes significantly salty, and the citrus fruits come more to the fore.
    • Nose
      Strong smoke, a little sweet, a little salty, and a little iodine. Sweet paprika, cotton candy, vanilla. Fruit is there too, but difficult to grasp, perhaps grapefruit and unripe banana.
    • Taste
      Strong start, silky / creamy mouthfeel. The smoke comes immediately and never goes away. Again clearly salty, seaweed, cotton candy. Now clearly lemon juice, which brings a certain acidity into play. Then slightly spicy from the oak.
    • Finish
      In short, still heavy smoke, is becoming more ashy, a little vanilla, and wise chocolate.

  31. NTC scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Not the most complex whisky, but definitly a very good whiksy.

    Nose: fresh fruits a bit of floral notes and maritime saltyness. Oh and peat ofcourse haha :)

    Taste: very lovely sweet but yet salty peaty whisky, and very small hints of choclate.

    Body: normally i dont really include the body but this is amazing, really oily structure and thickness in the mouth, absolutely fantastic.

    Finish: lasts very long and is sweet the lesser aspect in the whisky. But because of the great body i will give the finish + 2 points.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. Mark-E scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. Querky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A bit hot and not quite accessible at first, but with more than the usual splash of water it opens up and becomes much more pleasant, sweet and smoky with loads of vanilla.
    Best in highballs.

  34. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. pheenikz scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Great dry and fresh Peat-Monster with nice fruity hints. I like both, nose and palate, very much.

  36. elidiot scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nose: sweet, pure fruity peat, fresh tree leaves, sweet flowers (lily of the valley?)

    Palate: sweet peat, whiskey very posed whose flavors are gradually imposed. Very natural, made to travel. Finally quite simple but very effective. Go to the essential. Liquid honey. Alcohol surprisingly well integrated, we do not feel the 59 °. Not aggressive seawater

    Finish: medium, white fruits (grapes)

  37. coldsun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very strong and impressive drink. Taste is bold and stable with long and warming finish... No words, it deserved to be tried.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sharp spices mixed with 2 deep and bold elements: malt and sweet fruits on one side and gum, salt, iodine, medicinal on the other.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Passes beautiful and strong mixes of nose.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Warming, long and stable (passes flavor and taste notes).

  38. diamond2000 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: freshness, menthol, some needles; second wave burned willow twigs, baked marshmallow on the fire, fatty smoked mackerel, embers from the extinguished fire, freshly cut grass, engine oil.

    Taste: red pepper, minerals, bitter wood, smoky-salty, bitter citrus peel, burnt porridge, sunflower oil.

    Finish: long, bitter-salty-sweet, lemon peel, smoked seafood, activated charcoal, chalk, astringent oak.

    Rating: 87

    Bottom line: a very good molt, without extreme ruffling, no worse than the base ten and dvenashek from Ayla. Although it is slightly biting into the aroma, by virtue of strength, but after a few minutes you adapt to it, I really liked the freshness and menthol notes in the aroma.

  39. JNuyts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  40. Макс scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  41. Izzino scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very Nice Cask Strength blended malt from Islay

  42. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  43. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Extremely salty, peat fire, smoked fish, strong minerality and citrus zest. Later ashier but also sweeter after "charred" apple and herbaceous hay.
    • Taste
      Full onset of peat smoke and pungent salinity. But not clumsy or brutal but rather wonderfully subtle and incredibly harmonious. Over time becomes more ashen, again zitruszesten and rainy hay.
    • Finish
      Very long, peat smoke, ash, dark chocolate, salt and malted malt. Extremely complex and lively.

  44. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  45. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Good refreshing dram!!
    • Nose
      Lemon and Iodine. A fresh and sour green apple. Vanilla sweet.
    • Taste
      A lot of citrus at the begin but very fresh and light. (velvet smooth). More peat in taste than expected from the nose. After the sour start and the peat you get some sweeter tones followed again with a sharper and hotter sourness. At the end drying out with more wood and a little salt. Some bitterness on the side.
    • Finish
      Medium finish, dry smoke and wood. Also the salt keeps hanging around for a good time.

  46. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  47. Talisker_22 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  48. Ra_Di scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  49. kot1803 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  50. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice peatbomb, just as I like it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  51. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This whiskey is full of sight. Simple but very well done. A very pleasant surprise and a superb value for money.
    • Nose
      A whiskey of a minimum of 7 years (info to take with tweezers), gathering a large number of Islay distilleries (all?).

      Nose: Big lobster peat entry, iodine and tons of lemon.
      Made gourmand and very expressive. Not alcoholic.
    • Taste
      Very nice thick texture, greedy, oily, on fish oil, iodine, peat, lemon (less marked than nose), earth and ash. Alcohol very well integrated.
    • Finish
      Very long, pleasant, quite oily, on the earth, iodine, lemon.

  52. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Name: Peat (blend islay malt)
    Elements often islay series
    Tasted Nov. 2016
    59.3%
    N crisp, slightly terpintin
    G brutales geballer, broad apotekenlakriz, sweet livery finish
    60

  53. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Cigar Ashes
    The Elements of Islay series from Specialty Drinks is best known for their special releases in those typical apothecary bottles with the abbreviations for distilleries, such as Pe for Port Ellen or Ar for Ardbeg. But end of last year this ‘Peat’ came to market, a blended malt from different Islay distilleries. The exact composition is a secret, but it a good bet there is some Caol Ila in there.
    The nose is rife with sweet peat and loads of medicinal and maritime elements. The fruit on duty is apples and lemons. A layer of vanilla and some barley sugars appear. After two minutes it starts to smell like cigar ashes like there is no tomorrow. Hint of plasticine. I quite like this.
    Brutal on the palate! Lemon, pepper, peat smoke, vanilla, soot, liquorice – it all comes straight at you without pause. Some burnt wood and smoked salmon, too. Sweeter and more prickling that the nose predicted. But wonderfully integrated, if you know what I mean.
    The finish is very long and very smoky.
    Not that it is important, but I think this is a mix of Coal Ila and Bunnahabhain. Be that as it may, this is a very nice, butal peat bomb.

  54. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    a really delicious, albeit young blended malt. And that could be almost any Islay distillery in the mature stage. For me most comparable to a young Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      Pur: yes, he smells young, yes he has a lot of lemon. But he also has a lot of fresh beach air, marzipan and "clean" smoke. Like a delicious Caol Ila. I would bet that Caol Ila makes up the bulk of the mix here. Maybe some medicine from a young Laga, but I do not perceive Laphinoten. With water: still maritime, cotton candy, now a little fruity pear, is there Laddie in there?
    • Taste
      Pure: crisp, spicy (white pepper!), Very sweet, even enormously sweet onset, even lemon, salt, cereals and a lot of delicious smoke. With water: practically unchanged, not so hot, here too the cotton candy from the nose. Delicious!
    • Finish
      medium long, smoky, sweet.

  55. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  56. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat of course. Sweet lime, gingerbread, orange and penny waffle.
    • Taste
      Still peaty, more citrus. Pepper as well. A young fruitiness of gooseberry and apple.
    • Finish
      Peat smoke, cigar smoke even. Ginger and orange.

  57. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Today’s Malt n Copper tasting was brought to us by the brilliant Mariella Romano. [We started with the Br6 WB]

    Some undisclosed details: 35-40ppm, 7-8yo, from two distilleries - one peated [Islay] and one Highland
    N: Peated, fruity [Benriach] sweet, acute vegetal peat and salty too. Young and up close [aka in-your=face].  
    T: Full powered spirit developing on banana - smoked flambé banana with a thin chocolate topping.
    F: It's still boozy, sherry-sponge-type-boozy - with banana-peach melba. The peat [35-40ppm] surprisingly is a side line.
    C: Full on, good stuff,… but also a bit wearing? A November fishing trip dram no doubt. More peat WB.

    Scores a B-

  58. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  59. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    There were some young notes that showed its lack of maturation, but they were not overpowering at all and really let the peat do its job here, even adding to it a little, making it a bit sweet like young Islays can be. A very good representation of Islay character.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/06/06/elements-of-islay-peat/#more-2533
    • Nose
      A whopping great dollop of earthy peat. Dried fruit mix. Fruit leather. Camphor. Lemon drops. Some medicinal undertones coming and going.
    • Taste
      Here the true Islay character really shows up. Burned sugar. Charred fruits. Ash. Bit of a young spirit malt note. Medicinal notes, iodine, mercurochrome, etc. Copper. A bitter citrus rind note on the swallow that carries through to the finish.
    • Finish
      Long. Lots of ash. Brine. Bitter citrus. Stewed pears.

  60. Springfrench scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well, it's moving! A multi-faceted whiskey species that sweeps a wide range of the aromatic range found in Islay whiskeys. A nice balance, a little monolithic, but terribly effective. A blended malt superbly composed. Available for about 50 €, it would be wrong to deprive yourself!
    • Nose
      it is very powerful, on notes with faith smoked (smoked salmon, ashes), maritime (iodine, oyster, seaweed), medicinal (antiseptic, camphor), fresh (eucalyptus, menthol) and mineral (salt, sand, coal ). "Peat", or how to summarize this whiskey in one word. I reassure you, in addition to all this, we find some more round notes of fruit (pear, grapes) and acids (lemon, grapefruit). It is an effective foolproof!
    • Taste
      powerful and, of course, the peat predominates with all the notes that have been mentioned on the nose. It's pretty round, far from dry, and most of all, you do not get bored. The aromatic field is very wide and all the facets of the peat are reviewed. No typical profile of an Islay distillery predominates. The balance is good between peaty notes, fruits and citrus. A great success!
    • Finish
      long, intense, notes of ash, camphor, antispetic, salt, salmon, oyster, but also lemon and grapes.

  61. EarlMobile scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Even without water, without the alcohol too much strained, but then with a lot of buzz. Otherwise, the whiskey taste of smoke (as it should be) and a bit tart, of grapefruit. The sweetness I find only hinted. All in all a young smoker - nothing more, nothing less. Due to the well-integrated alcohol quite well, but I personally would have liked a more fruity note.

  62. breste scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: sweet smoke, sour fruit Taste: initially sweet and strong, then salty smoke bomb Finish: long, salty and smoky Very tasty, no water needed despite the cask strength.

  63. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An excellent whisky from Islay that offers much more than its name suggests.
    • Nose
      There's lots happening here. The peat is here, but it certainly doesn't dominate. Lots of citrus on the forefront, mainly lemon peel and orange zest, but also some pink grapefruit. Mineral notes remain in the background.
    • Taste
      Earthy and zesty, with a pretty aggressive arrival. Lots of raw peat. Water reveals more of the citrus flavours that were already apparent in the nose. But despite its rawness, this is well-balanced.
    • Finish
      Long and peated with a touch of iodine. Ends on a sweeter note.

  64. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Note by
    Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
    Peat (59.3%, Specialty Drinks, Elements of Islay, blended malt, 2016) 

    Do not tell me no one had ever called such an effort ‘Peat’ before! What a brainwave! Must have been a Friday, around 7pm… ;-). Colour: white wine. Nose: possibly less of an infanticide. I mean, it does not feel ultra-young – but young, for sure. Crisp peat and lemon and ‘a working kiln’ and, wait, some church incenses. In London! Cigar ashes. Does what it says on the tin, so far. With water: hospitals and smokehouses. Mouth (neat): perfect. It is ‘one’ – I know, whisky and philosophy – and it’s here (same comments). More Dasein than Sein. Oh forget, this is some mega-smoky, almost pleasantly brutal peated whisky. Green apples, smoked salmon, lemon oil, ashes. With water: more fruits. Grapefruits. Finish: long, sharp, well chiselled, millimetric, almost surgical. Comments: it reminded me of those 3-cylindre Kawazakis, circa 1972. Great, dangerous stuff.SGP:567 - 89 points.

  65. Gohatto scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    WhiskyNotesElements of Islay – Peat (59,3%, Speciality Drinks 2015)Nose: citrusy and clean, with straightforward peat, as expected. There are plenty of ashy notes, minerals and hay, but they wrapped in a bright, slightly scented layer of grapefruit, pear and floral notes. Hints of oysters. A little vanilla and malty sweetness as well. Water makes it slightly less fresh, I prefer it neat. Mouth: really hot, much more powerful than the nose suggested (although the ABV already hinted otherwise). Quite raw and grassy, with lots of peppery notes and hints of sweet liquorice. Water works better on the palate: it stays fresh and citrusy, with more spices, a leathery touch and fruity notes. Finish: long, peaty, slightly more medicinal. Fades on charred notes and a vanilla sweetness.A nice whisky that delivers big peaty notes and lots of punch (even a bit too much, I think fiddling with water is necessary). Complexity is limited, but it shows nice citrus notes to balance the heat. Good value for money: around € 45.Score: 85/100

  66. hfos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Producer's Tasting NotesNose: Fresh, sprightly barley entwined with peat
      smoke and bonfire embers. Bracing aromas of salty seaweed and seashells.
      Plenty of clean fruit – lemon, lime and grapefruit, while hiding
      underneath are notes of rich earth and liquorice.
    • Taste
      Palate: Warm and leathery with thick-cut bacon,
      seashore campfires and roasted fruit: sweet apple and lime with a
      sprinkle of caster sugar. Layers of smoke and dark-chocolate limes
      envelope the palate and are intertwined with softer lemon oil and BBQ
      sauce, with hints of roasted spices and barrel char, complementing the
      peat and smoke.
    • Finish
      Finish: Sea spray and baked apple fade leaving heavier smoke, truffle salt and sweet spice.

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