Single malt

Undisclosed Islay 7 Years Old 2008 (56.3%, Single Cask Nation, 1st Fill Bourbon Cask #2112, 2015)

Undisclosed Islay 7 Years Old 2008

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 56.3%
  • Age: 7 years Old
  • Bottling: Single Cask Nation, 1st Fill Bourbon Cask #2112
  • Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £n/a
  • Origin: Undisclosed Islay distillery
  • Vintage: 2008
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What they say

This classic distillery located on Islay’s rugged south shore is responsible for producing one of the most well respected single malts in the world. Independently bottled single casks are extremely rare and sought after by whisky drinkers and collectors alike. We are very excited to offer this bottling to the cherished members of Single Cask Nation.

What I say

An Undisclosed Islay from Single Cask Nation (Not the one pictured) this example was matured in a first fill ex-Bourbon barrel #2112 and was bottled at 56.3% ABV at outturn. Previous examples from this range have always hinted (or explicitly stated) this is from one of the three Kildalton distilleries on the south shore of Islay. If I had to guess I’d suggest this was young Lagavulin and don’t care if I’m wrong it tastes this good!

Sampled from The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar by Secret Spirits

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Pale white wine gold (3/20), medium-large tears and tapered legs.
  • Nose: Sweet lime and peat smoke, bbq roasted grapefruit, dusty icing sugar, vanillic, wood smoke, lemon zest, iodine, TCP, medicinal.
  • Taste: Sweet, malty sugars, peaty smoke, woody oak, slightly ashen, Lagavulin?, cordite/gun smoke, engine oil, grapefruit, a packet of frazzles and a cigar (this would have been its SMWS name!)
  • Finish: Long, smoky, black pepper spice and some honey.

Overall

A superb fruity and sweet young Islay with plenty of smoke character and obvious first fill bourbon influence too. A packet of frazzles and a cigar.

Score 84/100

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