Whisky Review: Islay #1 Batch 1
- Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: ? [Caol Ila Distillery]
- Bottling: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
- ABV: 56.9%
- Cost: £73.95
What they say
Islay #1 – Batch 1 Bottling Note
Mining for garlic, that popular pursuit. What is this label for That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Islay #1 single malt all about? Looks like a Coal mine, actually, and the French for garlic is… We can’t say any more.
This is a release of 1,260 bottles.
Official tasting notes:
- Nose: Nutty oak and subtle (coal-like, in fact) peat. Slightly meaty pine nuts with caraway, cereal and yellow fruit.
- Palate: A drop of water helps open this fruity, toasty whisky with tangy peaty complementing the fruit.
- Finish: Tasty toasted cornflakes and aromatic spices.
What I say:
Sampled as part of the #TBWCAdvent Twitter tasting just before Christmas
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark amber gold (10/20)
- Nose: Sweet candyfloss and vanilla, peat smoke and a little ash, a touch of salted caramel and plenty of malt
- Taste: Sweet and spicy caramel and peat, mineralic, flinty, ashen, earthy and meaty, honey glazed bbq pork or beef, plenty of umami and nori seaweed in here.
- Finish: long and peaty with liquorice, honey roasted, smoked and salted cashew nuts
Hmm another delicious Islay single malt. Perhaps my summer abstinence from peated malts was a little too long as I seem to be back into them with a vengeance. This is a great example, plenty of peat but with some lovely coastal, malty and generally meaty and bbq flavours to enjoy too.
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