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Norrie Campbell was Islay’s last traditional peat cutter. To honor him, Jim McEwan put this Laddie 3D3 together. The name 3D3 has special meaning: 3 ages, 3 types of casks and 3 levels of peat. This is a blended malt (we can no longer say vatted malt) of unpeated Bruichladdich, 40ppm peated Port Charlotte and 80ppm peated Octomore. The casks used were bourbon, sherry and Madeira. Something special, I think.
It is no surprise that you get a nose full of peat. But once past it, I also get candlewax, a light scent of stable and thyme. Underlying also quite a bit of coffee and toffee, lime and apple and finally some marzipan. I’m pleasantly surprised by this complexity.
On the palate, it is again the peat that demands your attention first, with ashes and greasy coal. It is immediately followed by a surprisingly sweet twist of toffee. Feisty on black and red peppers. This is good!
The finish, which is a perfect continuation of the palate, is very long. Memorable!
This whisky is so intens and wonderful that I will not be trying anything else tonight. And it is less than 50 EUR? I daresay, this one is recommended.