Angels’ Nectar Cairngorms & Islay Editions
Info: Bottled in partnership with the Cairngorms Trust, to support environmental and community projects in the Cairngorms National Park. 46% ABV, 11 years old, 263 bottles, single cask.
Colour: Bright gently golden ripe barley.
Nose: Ripe banana and red apples, wet barley, autumn woodland moss and cracked nuts. A hint of hessian.
Palate: Upfront spiciness which soon mellows into autumn fruits and barley. A fairly good oily mouthfeel.
Finish: A subtle, gently warming and smooth finish, fairly long because of the oils. Sweet with a hint of tannin at the end.
Thoughts: An easy drinking quality dram for after dinner; would work well if I had a log fire, unfortunately my house is too modern.
Available: Whisky Castle – £67.99
Info: Comes from an undisclosed Islay distillery and has spent 5 years in bourbon barrels, 47% ABV.
Colour: An honest light straw colour, proper Islay.
Nose: Fairly spirity, but full of Islay peat and barley. Quickly settles to a young fire burning brightly.
Palate: Lead by oils and mossy peat. Drops in to vanillary goodness with barley, like a smoked barley custard pudding.
Finish: The finish shows a drop of iodine and quickly settles into a vanilla lead barley fest ending with small hints of wood tannin.
Thoughts: Easy and pleasurable Islay goodness, yummy. I’m not sure you’d know this was 5yo, and as an Islay youth is good!
Available: Master of Malt – £46.95
Thanks to Angels’ Nectar for the samples.