SMWS Cask No. 3.184
Distilled October 1996
US Allocation: 60 bottles
December 2012 Outturn Release
What the SMWS Says:
This nose was complex – perfumed smoke, candles, black tea, vinegar on coal and buckets of brine – but sweet (barley sugars, sherbet lemons, cinnamon sweets, pineapple cake) and floral (lavender, geranium, jasmine). The taste swung from sweet (Edinburgh Rock) to savoury (smoked pork loin, honey glazed ham); also charcoal and witch hazel. The reduced nose had fragrant vanilla, lemon, roses, soap and White Linen perfume sprayed on driftwood. Flavours now danced around the tongue with leaps of liquorice, lavender and lemon, whirls of white pepper, arabesques of ash and high kicks of coal. 1779 distillery at the centre of whisky island.
Drinking tip: Perfect ceilidh dram – or as a reward for some other strenuous achievement
What Richard Says:
Nose: A very nice brined smokiness and Big Red chewing gum. Water makes it more fruity and floral.
Palate: Smoky, honey sweetness, a little vanilla, and astringent.
Finish: Old polished wood furniture. Water tames to wood and makes it a little more peppery.
Comments: This is all around very nice Islay. It has nice smoke and brine notes with a depth and complexity that will keep you coming back.
Rating: Stands Out
Review sample provided courtesy of the SMWSA and is available to society members through their website or 800.990.1991.