This happens to be a lightly peated Islay, which after having tired some of the peat monsters is interesting to try something different from the region. Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
Price: $50 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: Bunnahabhain / Burn Stewart Distillers
Aged For: 12 Years
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Drank: Neat, in a Glencairn
Nose: Dark sherry fruit, chocolate earthy malt, a bit of citrus. I don’t pick up any smoke so it must be very gently peated.
Taste: Malted barley, vanilla, a bit of raisin and fig. Not thick but not watery. I pick up just a faint hint of smoke now. Still very earthy.
Finish: Salty and herbal. Malt, chocolate, Caramel and oak. Not that warm, but the flavor does linger.
Thoughts: This is the sweetest of the Islay’s that I have tried, but not the Speyside type of sweet. Not amazing but not bad, but an average Scotch.
Score: 75 out of 100