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ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
We like to celebrate Black Friday with an excellent dram and 2022's smoky selection is the first Islay in the series. A classic single malt from the Caol Ila distillery run through with peat smoke, briny sea breezes and a whole host of fruit, it's a whisky that made us smile and one we know you'll love too.
- Nose Smouldering green leaves and a side of smoke lead - mint and tarragon with a touch of maple-cured bacon. Sweet pastry pokes through the smoke, followed by apple and pear pies, roasted pineapple, singed oranges, chocolate lime sweets and a handful of wine gums. Tarry ropes and briny hints hide at the back.
- Palate Coal dust and peat fires jump out of the glass, diving into sharp apple, more chocolate limes and liquorice. Meaty notes sit in the middle - sweet bacon and burnt edges. Green leaves, soft spice and the wine gums from the nose slowly develop, with the spice building alongside the fruit. There's a burst of crashing-wave ozone and iodine and then a descent into tar and chocolate.
- Finish Green and briny at first with building cocoa, lime and sharp apple. Oatcakes and rye crackers build alongside anise and mint imperials.
- Comment Dark and smoky with a brighter, fruitier and fun side - just how we see Black Friday.