Has mellowed with the extra years, but, as is sometimes the case with island malts, it seemed happier with the vigour of youth.
21 Years Old, Islay Malt
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: More assertively smoky.
Palate: Smoother, richer, sweeter.
Finish: Spicier. More peppery. Seaweed more iron-like.
Comment: Has mellowed with the extra years, but, as is sometimes the case with island malts, it seemed happier with the vigour of youth.
Nose: Intense, smooth. Shellfish, wet seaweed. Sea aromas soon give way to biscuity notes. Vanilla, honey, marzipan. Toasted almonds.
Palate: Round, velvety. Sweet mouthfeel like creamy fudge. Coconut milk. The smokiness drifts away very quickly. Becomes syrupy with water.
Finish: Long; drier, spicier than the 17 Years Old.
Comment: Same sweetness as the 17, but coastal aromas fade quickly. Distinct woodiness.
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