COLOUR: Full sparkling gold
NOSE: Burning embers of peat in a crofters fireplace, hints of coconut and banana aromas
BODY: Full bodied
PALATE: Deep, complex and smoky yet offers and surprises the palate with a gentle sweetness
FINISH: Really long, and dries appropriately with smoke and spice
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Toasted oak, vanilla, dried apricot and almond dominate the nose with subtle notes of white flower and biscuits. Upon tasting, a distinct balance of sweetness and peatiness rush forward followed by vanilla, ripe apricot, honey and touch of butter and toasted wheat. The finish is notably intense and slightly smoky. Outstanding. (Mar 2013)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - The first nosings find clean, apple peel-like and peat-free scents; later inhalations find a more sea breeze like, mildly briny character. Palate entry is lean, earthy, moderately smoky and lemony; midpalate is oily with flavors of ash, peat, sweet malt and brine. Concludes sweet, peaty and cigarette ash-like, with a bite of green olive.
— P.P. (4/1/2008) — 90-95 (Apr 2008)
This expression of our famous whisky, from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, has enjoyed a triple maturation in 3 types of cask. Just as with our standard Quarter Cask expression, the first maturation is in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels. We then select the most suitable of these barrels, containing a range of different aged spirit and transfer into small 19th century style Quarter Casks for a second maturation. The final maturation is in specially selected, large European oak, Oloroso sherry casks.