James MacArthur's Old Masters

14 Years Old, Islay Blended Malt

ABV 58.3%
REVIEWED Issue 60
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Specifications
Brand: Old Masters, James MacArthur
Expression: 14 Years Old, Islay Blended Malt
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended
Age: 14 years old
Year of bottling: 2005
ABV: 58.3%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 60
Tasting notes
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Grassy, peaty, citrussy. Thick smoke wraps up seashells and green seaweeds Coal tar.
Palate: Sweet to start even at full strength. Milk chocolate, lemon pulp released in a wave of freshness. Water enhances a bitter edge.
Finish: Dry, chewed rush.
Comment: Alcohol is so well tamed. A fully Islay vatted malt. Vatted, really? More a single than a vatted. Or an Ardbeg vatted with a Laphroaig?
8.3
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Immediately smoky. Fish boxes and brine. Higher alcohol increases the feeling of rigidity, but it needs water to soften things.
Palate: Oily phenols hit home. Quite tarry. Without water its rather dusty and dry, with it though there's caramelised scallops.
Finish: Long, a little metallic.
Comment: A big playfight on Port Ellen beach after closing time.
7.8
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