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I have quickly become a big fan of Black Bottle and was interested in trying the main offering from its largest component. This is not your common Islay.
Nose: Raisin, Nail polish, Vanilla, Old lady's perfume, Musty book. Medium legs.
Palate: Salty, Stewed prunes, Orange zest, Ginger, Oak. Its very light bodied and fairly smooth.
Finish: Short and flat. White pepper tingle, followed by Hay and Sage.
I wasn't blown away by this one. It isn't bad, nor is it great. The nose is great and the ginger on the palate is nice, the finish left me wanting. For me, this will make a fine dram for a hot late summer's day. Though, once this bottle is gone I'll stick with black bottle to cover this flavor profile since it really shines in that blend in a way it doesn't on its own.