A big playfight on Port Ellen beach after closing time.
14 Years Old, Islay Blended Malt
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
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.
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?
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