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This is the third review of my Christmas present from my wife. She said she bought this one when she noticed it was on sale from the online store we buy from (www.nicks.com.au).
The nose is full of the usual Islay brine, peat and smoke. Very earthy. A few drops of water emphasises the iodine in the brine, and over several sniffs, I get just the barest floral hint.
The taste is light and ever so slightly spiced, full of honeyed sweetness that is soon overwhelmed by a relatively delicate (for an Islay malt) wave of peat, smoke and seaweed.
The finish is fairly long, and full of peat and smoke, and surprisingly velvety for such a simple Islay dram. The peat and smoke eventually ease (but never disappear), allowing the gentler notes of honey and sea salt to emerge in the background.
This is a fairly straightforward malt then, and very competitively priced. Not brilliant good, but a fantastic every day Islay dram. In terms of value for money, it's not quite there with the Highland Park 12 and the Talisker 10, but it would be not far down that list.
Is it a cold winter night? Maybe you are reluctant to break out your best? Do you like Islay peat monsters? This dram is going to be hard to beat under those conditions.