Yesterday a record of 7 100-point scores were given out, with another 2 people scoring 98. Astonishing scores, but understandable as it was an astonishing dram with characteristics you’ll remember if you’ve had it.
Today we’re going into the bogs: it’s peat once more. An Interesting slightly darker colour betrays either some sherry influence or a coloured malt. I should mention that overnight, my sinuses thought that vacation had already arrived and flooded themselves. So my notes may not be extremely accurate. I don’t think it has affected my nose much, but the palate feels weaker than it should.
The nose, then, is smoky and slightly floral. Clean, prickly (higher ABV) and complex in the sense that aroma’s have integrated well with each other. I get mainly ex-bourbon notes: oranges, liquorice, vanilla. There are also some more ‘european oak’-esque (now say that 10 times quickly) notes like oriental spices (cloves, cinnamon, kardemom and paprika powder). A little sherry-influence perhaps?
In the taste, the smoke is quite harsh and of the coal/earthy kind. Warming spices again and prickly in the mouth. Relatively young, I’d say, based on wood influence and level of peat. There are some red fruits, but mainly white ones: pear and apple. Medicinal and saline qualities come to the fore towards the finish along with acacia honey.
Overall, I think this is a good Islay malt. Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Lagavulin come to mind especially. About 12 years old and around the 55% ABV mark.
My guess: Laphroaig, Islay, 12yo, 55.5%
My score: 87/100
What it turned out to be:
Lagavulin 19yo Feis Ile 2014 (whiskybase) 30.01.1995 - 02.04.2014 ABV: 54.7% European oak sherry butts