...like this one. This Irish comes closer to the fine old Islay drams of the sixties than the average Islay stuff of today. It shows an adorable mix of delicious fruits and (not too heavy) maritime peaty notes with many old style flavours like waxes, chalk and oils. And it owns a very interesting and tasty salty touch that I like.
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a fruity and slightly peaty profile with some oily and earthy (pine needles) notes. Balanced and without any off-note - I like that. After some breathing the fruits vanish and more chalky-mineral notes pop up together with some salty-maritime impressions.
The taste is fruity sweet with more peaty flavours than I expected from the nose. But it is a fine combo and it is quite salty (as if they reduced the spirit with sea water before filling the cask), very unusual but not bad at all. It makes me thirsty, actually. After some chewing waxes and stronger sugars push back the fruits while maintaining the bitter-sweet-salty balance.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and turns even more salty and maritime-peaty. No drying feeling at all, just the peat adds a slight bitterness which is not distracting at all. Water releases earthy-floral aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother (the layers intermingle now) hence even more quaffable. I like to explore this dram neat and prefer to drink it somewhat reduced to about 45% abv.