Info: Distilled in December 2008 and bottled in April 2014. Single cask, 298 bottles, refill hogshead cask 10592 from the folks at Hunter Laing.
Colour: Very light to clear, hints of yellow.
Nose: Peppery strong nose with peaty smoke wafting around like a gale on a beach on Skye (or Islay). It’s maybe held back a little by the high ABV. Sweet lush young barley.
Palate: Strong and up front, peppery spices and a touch of salt leads into a young smooth spirit barley sweetness. Mossy peat greets you along with notes of hay.
Finish: Big, hearty and warming with mossy peat showing nicely and just a nice touch of oak to go with it. Sweet smoky spirit hangs around for a long while.
Water: A drop or three lets out a coffee grout nature along with caramel and sweet barley. The palate remains very thick with the peppery spices reduced.
Thoughts: I’m often found drinking older malts, and it’s a nice change of pace to drink something much younger where you can still taste the spirit and distillery nature so well. Age isn’t everything and this dram is a great example of that, it’s powerful and exciting.
Available: The Whisky Shop – £68
Thanks to The Whisky Shop for the sample.