- Brand: Elements of Islay
- ABV: 59.3%
If the genie in the bottle were a spirit, it could live in one of these 50 cl bottles, which seem to come straight from an old alchemist. It's a vatted (or blended) malt from different Islay malts, bottled at full proof (cask strength). The different distilleries involved are undisclosed, but I believe I spot some hint of Caol ila 12 in there.
The result is subtle enough, in an Islay way : it achieves a good balance between the profiles of the different whiskies of the island. And when you have strong characters such as Laphroaig or Ardbeg, this is quite an exploit.
The taste is definitely peaty - hey, it's written on the bottle after all ! -, but in a complex and interesting way. There is peat, there is smoke, but not so much tar or strong ashes. It's peat mixed with some fruits and very light spices.
Very enjoyable overall ... and well, what a nose! I could spend hours sniffing this dram while drinking it sip by sip, trying to find the perfect words to describe it