Colour – Pale amber.
Nose – Light honey and citrus burst through with hints of tobacco and creamy fudge. It has vitality and backbone. 10 years of maturation in excellent American and European oak has developed this fantastic spirit into a real thoroughbred. Clean notes of sweet oak, praline, vanilla and milk chocolate rise up together and then subside to allow the marine citrus notes to come to the fore, the influence of coastal maturation is clear to see. Like waves breaking on the shore they too recede to reveal the delicate floral notes of elderflower and gorse.
Palate – Allow the spirit to sit on your tongue for a few seconds to warm and release its complex array of flavour. The creamy richness of its texture is a testament to both the highest quality Scottish malted barley and the work of the distillery. The harmony with which the oak and malted barley reveal their sweet notes tell you this whisky is balanced and ready. The fruit is ripe peach, honeydew melon, raisin and sultanas, then come hints of ginger, lemon and honey in a rich assertive combination.
Finish – The finish is long and floral. Alongside the honeysuckle and rose notes, lemon zest fades to allow deli- cate, exotic fruits like pineapple and melon to the fore. They too pass and leave just a hint of smoke from the charred american barrels.
Mood – There is nowhere quite like islay, it is a special place in the world and this whisky, influenced so much by a sense of place and the people who made it, proudly bears the islay name on its bottle and the islay soul in its spirit.