CL1 - Elements of Islay - 62.9% - 50
Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
A big-boned single Islay malt from a
big-windowed distillery with a good view of the Paps. This is a hefty,
uncompromising dram, easily tamed with a drop of water.
Nose: Boiled sweets and cut
grass initially, then more savoury notes move in - Bisto, beef crisps. Expected
alcohol prickle fades away to chocolate and some bakery notes - dough, brown
bread. Some spices, then medicine cabinet aromas develop, before matches,
buttered veg, toffee apple, tweed and honey. A complex nose that needs time to
settle. Water brings out toffee biscuit and barley sugar.
Palate: Stewed fruit, burnt
wood, red apple, smokey bacon, honey. Plenty of balanced peat, with woodsmoke,
coal and bonfire. Peppery spice in the mid-palate, with some chilli and
hot-buttered toast with honey. Water lifts the coal, spices and apple
Finish: Warming and long, with
honey, pepper and coal surrounding a savoury cereal base, with occasional
flashes of cooked apple. A salty tinge right at the death.
Comment: Another Element that
likes a drop of water. Intense, powerful, uncompromising and extremely