Blends

Elements of Islay Peat

Elements of Islay Peat (45%, Elixir Distillers, 2020)

  • ABV: 45%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: Elixir Distillers, Elements of Islay
  • Category: Blended malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £29.95 available from The Whisky Exchange
  • Origin: n/a
  • Vintage: undeclared
Peat pure islay blended malt

What they say

Elements of Islay is a range of iconic small-batch whiskies, celebrating the diversity of flavour that make Islay malts so special. Each laboratory-style bottle is distinguished by a symbol that denotes the distillery and batch number.

Peat is a marriage of Islay single malts that was created as a loving tribute to the island’s bold, uncompromising style. It combines heavy, smoky notes from the south with a fresher, medicinal character from the north. Drink it with friends, mix it in cocktails, or simply sip for a taste of Islay.

The standard-strength release of Elements of Islay’s Peat. Bottled at 45%, this has the same classic Islay character as Full Proof – notes of fruit, spice and smoke – but with less power that makes it a great introduction to Islay whisky.

Official tasting notes:

  • NOSE Orange peel and thick-cut bacon are entwined on a bed of seashells, while coal smoulders in the background.
  • PALATE A heaving bosom of hickory smoke is drizzled with salted caramel and dark chocolate. An abandoned cup of lapsang souchong tea is faintly discernible in the distance.
  • FINISH The initial torrid rush of sea spray, sweet oranges and plump baked apples fades, leaving the comforting marriage of heavy smoke, truffle salt and sweet spice behind.

What I say

Sampled during the WOLS Elixir Distillers tasting hosted by their Brand Ambassador Julie Hamilton. Dram #3 into the tasting and we are already at serious peat levels. Julie explained the passion for peated Islay whisky which has driven Elixir Distillers to build their own distillery in their pursuit to produce their own Islay peated single malt.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Barely gold (2/20), large tears and thick legs.
  • Nose: Ashen and peaty smoke, warming and malty, coastal/Caol Ila nature, bacon frazzles and hot beach ozone.
  • Taste: Much smoother on the palate, and sweeter, vanilla and bourbon-cask influence abound, but pretty much as the nose, lots of peat smoke, ash, coal-tar-soap and smoked sea salt chocolate.
  • Finish: Medium-long, zesty orange peel, wood spices and oily peat smoke.

Overall

A distinctly coastal and peated expression that reminded me of Caol Ila and a touch of Lagavulin, not surprising this is probably what this blended malt mostly consists of perhaps…?

Score 83/100

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