SMWSA Cask No. 23.72
Islay, Loch Indaal
Distilled July 2002
US Allocation: 90 Bottles
September 2012 Outturn Release
What the SMWSA Says:
The nose forced shotgun shells and fireworks on us – but also gave barley sugars, custard and chocolate-coated foamy bananas; peppermint tea, liquorice, smoked ham and old bonfires. The palate’s big, eye-watering sherry slap took our breath away – sweet red liquorice, cinder toffee, creme brulee, treacle, cooked apples, ash and peat. The reduced nose suggested barbecued lamb chops dripping on embers, singed mint leaf and burnt lemon skin. Water definitely improved the palate – now sweeter (toasted coconut, vanilla, golden syrup, raisins, cherries) – also woody spices, crispy sage, and grilled lobster. The distillery is on the road from Port Charlotte to Bridgend.
Drinking tip: Let some water open it up and don’t rush it.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Fresh cut pine, sherry, and brined rose petals. Water gives it an almost meaty aroma. I definitely prefer this at cask strength.
Palate: Sherry, candied apples, pepper vinegar barbeque sauce, and a little bit of raisins.
Finish: The finish needs the water that the nose shrugs aside. Ash, peat, burnt wood and just a little bit minty.
Comments: This one’s a little young for me. Not my favorite Laddie. It’s a freshman all dolled up with padding in her bra trying to get into the senior prom. Sweetheart, your time will come. It’s just not right now.
Review sample provided courtesy of the SMWSA and is available to society members through their website or 800.990.1991.