Nose: A touch of water releases the multitude of different flavours. The initial sherry sweetness is quickly followed by the time-honoured Islay peat tang. After this opening burst of flavour, there is a smooth fruit ripeness that complements the tang of salt in the background.
Body: Rich, round and full.
Palate: The burst of peat that fills the mouth is quickly restrained by a sherry sweetness that slowly develops into spicy apple fruitiness.
Finish: Very long and warming, leaving a distinct tang of islay.
Nose: Varnished wood, sesame oil, some sherry, floral notes, cinnamon, macadamia, almond, battenburg cake, ginger. Develops butterscotch and a linseed oil character.
Palate: Medium-bodied. Baked apple, restrained spices, then some peat coming through. Nutty character (almond / brazil nut), oily texture with a hint of brine.
Finish: Graceful and elegant; fades away just slightly too soon.
Comment: Pretty mellow stuff. Twenty-five years in wood has tamed the fire, but the distillery character is still very evident.
TF August 07