Caol ila 17 year old Unpeated
This tenth limited release of the unpeated Caol Ila, and oldest so far released, is from a batch made once a year for blending in the “Highland Style” Unusually rounded, it still has all the fruity sharpness, hints of smoke and the sea, grainy cereals and bittersweet tannins.
Aromas of salted lemons and charcoal dust, sea spray, rich spicy notes of vanilla cream and sponge. Heavy but sweet smoke and damp charcoal taste, lemon zest and bitter pith with sweet caramel and gentle spice. Floral and soapy notes that compliment rather than detract from the rest of the palate. Charcoal dust and soft fruitiness, fading to dark spice on the finish.
Bruchladdich Octomore 7.1
Each year’s harvest is different, the creation of a new expression exemplifying the master distiller’s art. Using only barley sourced from the Scottish mainland, 7.1 is peated to 208ppm. Challenging conventional windsom, this whiskey is released at 5 years old to maximise the power and vigour of the phenol. Matured in American oak and bottled at 59.5% ABV without chill filtration the spirit retains its unctuous mouthfeel.
Aromas of sea sprat, caramel, lemon balm and pipe tobacco. Slowly, the peat rises from the glass, lifting vanilla, mint, toffee, golden syrup and almond. The palate is smooth, sweet and smoky with a satin soft texture. A long smoky finish with soft fruit.
Kilchoman Lock Gorm 2018
Named after a famously dark and peaty loch overlooked by the distillery, Loch gorm is a sherry cask single malt matured exclusively in 17 Oloroso sherry casks, extracting the rich spicy character of the European oak as it ages in the Islay warehouses.
The nose is spicy and sweet with peat smoke and dark chocolate is well integrated. The palate is fill with soft fruits it is well rounded and full of character. A lingering finish that is sweet and well balanced.
Ardbeg Dark Cove
Dark cove is a limited-edition whiskey released on 28th May in honour of Ardbeg Day 2016 – the distillery’s open day as part of the yearly Islay Festival. Matured in a combination of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks.
The aroma, at first is meaty, earthy and spicy, with bold notes of dark chocolate, orange, treacle toffee, coffee and oak. The mouthfeel is almost tart with raisins, dates, ginger and pepper spice with waves of smouldering charcoal, wood polish leading to cured smoked ham. The finish is long, spicy and rich with notes of toffee, coffee and tar.
Laphroaig 18 year old
Aged in ex-bourbon barrels, Laphroaig use their own Glenmachrie peat bog, its particular mix of heather, lichen and moss responsible for the smoky, iodine-like and medicinal profile.
Aromas of smoky, rich burnt apple peels, iodine, wood smoke, tarmac and toffee brittle. An intense palate, thick with notes of wood ash, toffee apples and golden syrup. The finish is long with flavours of cherries and burnt fruit.
Lagavulin 16 year old
The Islay representative in the “Classic Malts” series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all the Islay malts, exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts.
Aromas of Lapsang tea, one of the smokiest noses from Islay, very concentrated, redolent of iodine, sweet spices, mature sherry and creamy vanilla. A thick and very rich palate, malt and sherry with good fruity sweetness. Big, powerful notes of peat and oak. The finish is long, spicy with flavours of dates, figs, peat smoke and vanilla