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I'm a fan of peat, so anything Islay I'll try happily. Upon opening, the peat dominates the olfactory. The sweetness slowly follows with a sweet cake, a weird metallic smell like rain falling on metal and a dash of lemon scented household cleaner. Sounds weird but stay with me.
The taste is surprisingly sweet, but then you get a briny taste of the ocean. A touch of black licorice, light smoke and blazing finish. If this was a 12 year I would be happy to buy. Weirdly enough they only sell an 8 year or 17 year. Don't understand the gap.
January 22, 2024 (edited January 23, 2024)
3.75 out of 5 stars
Flaviar advent calendar day #15
Nose: peat, mild lemon zest, smoke, touch of salt air. Has an almost floral element. As you acclimate, a creamy buttery vanilla and fresh mowed grass appears
Palate: bright, sweet, lively. There's a creamy vanilla, bright lemon zest, like caramel. A solid chewy and sweet malt throughout that is relatively light on the palate. Peat and smoke elements are here gently wrapping the above together. There's a touch of lemongrass as well.
Finish: charcoal, smoked ham, salt air, mellow oak tannin.
December 17, 2023 (edited December 19, 2023)
3.5 out of 5 stars
Port Askaig. Couldn't get my hands on the 100 proof variant, but this is a nice introduction.
The nose does not really do it for me though. Vanilla, shoe polish and sour, spoiled milk. There is an unpleasant sour note in here that I cannot fully place that I do not appreciate.
The taste on the other hand is very nice. Cereal, honey, some herbal influences every now and then, bit of salt and various other spices, and most confusingly, chocolate. Dark, deep chocolate, maybe with a bit of orange in there? I can see how upping the proof might benefit this one. Not bad, not bad at all. It has potential. I need to try the 100 too.
Sweet, cereal, honey chocolate aftertaste that actually lingers for a while. It almost reminds me of Glenfarclas 105 for some reason, but with a bit more spice from the peat (at least I remember that one being a chocolate bomb, it has been a while).