Islay in a glass – layered, sippable, with a good whack of smoke.
The Harpy's Tale
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Sweet, herbaceous peat. Hazelnut or peanut brittle. Caramelising white sugar. Barbecued stone fruit (apricot, peach) and a little pear juice. Salt-and-vinegar rice cake and a hint of popcorn.
Palate: Medium-full bodied. Initial herbaceous peat and coal smoke fade to barbecued stone fruits, chilled baked pear, milk chocolate, smoked vanilla, salted-caramel ice cream, and wholewheat cracker.
Finish: Long. Smoke leads, becoming medicinal, with hazelnut chocolate bar and liquorice.
Comment: Islay in a glass – layered, sippable, with a good whack of smoke.
Nose: Key lime pie, burning charcoal, eucalyptus oil, and subtle tea tree oil. Menthol and latex. Tarragon, basil, and rosemary. Fresh pear, green bell pepper, and green apple, then a touch of green Kampot peppercorn. Vanilla lurks sullenly beneath.
Palate: Medium. Cooked green peppercorns, charred rosemary, chives, iodine, and medicated cough drop. A little of that vanilla shines through.
Finish: Medium-long. Fruit fades quickly, leaving green bell pepper and iodine.
Comment: If this whisky were a colour it’d be green. Water opens it nicely.
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