Character – This long lost spirit of Islay has an unbelievable innocence. A purity and refinement that leaps onto the senses like a child at the start of a new day. Totally unafraid, full of warmth and excitement, with not a care in the world other than to please. For the first time in almost a century we have an Islay whisky made from Islay barley and spring water matured and bottled on the shores of Lochindaal.
Colour – Translucent Lemon/Winter Sunshine.
Nose – The nose is a study in directness and purity. First, lemon juice sprinkled over sweet, crushed barley, golden syrup. Then tropical fruits – grapefruit, pineapple, mango, guava – even sherbet powder. The olfactory senses are in ecstasy! So many fresh, fruity, zesty, sweet notes – a rare experience – as the fabulous combination of vanilla-rich oak and a crispy, sweet malt joins in the excitement. This rainbow of aromas continues with air: honeysuckle drifts by, as do hints of brine, and finally the oak rises to embrace the more delicate scents, adding maturity and calm.
Palate – The first thing you notice is the amazing creaminess, the silkiness of a much older spirit. It glides over the palate – warm, sweet and fruity – almost like jelly beans. Then, this oak-fire heat spreads evenly over the taste buds. It’s a truly lovely experience and ably forms the foundation for the aromatics to evolve as one. Now, you can really taste the light, vanilla notes from the toasted staves. The multi-layering of flavours is absolutely wonderful for such a young malt. I can only marvel at its complexity.
Finish – At this age, like most youngsters, it doesn’t linger too long; but you will enjoy the innocence, the purity and the sheer zest for life.
Mood – Exuberance. Chistmas Eve, End of term.