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 95 points - (Great Value,Tried & True Award)- Straw yellow color, bordering on goldenrod. Aroma is chockfull of tobacco ash, campfire, kippers, green pepper, new leather scents that delight from the first moment. Flavor is refined, but robust and loaded with toasted marshmallow and brunt orange peel tastes. A pleasing mouthful of Islay. (Mar 2015)
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.