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Nose: Smokey brine and vanilla.
Palate: Utterly delicious. Bonfire smoke and honey with a creamy vanilla custard.
Finish: Warming. Smokey and smooth with chocolate notes and hints of coffee. Dry oak.
Balance: Consistent. There is smoke everywhere but it's never over-powering. The creamy sweetness is always in the background.
I love this... really. It's not just the fact that it was under 30 quid a bottle (but it helps) - hard to believe for The Whisky Shop - but the fact that this is a lesson in how to blend two young Islay whiskies with great results. The salty smoke is there, you'd expect that of course, but so is a smooth creamy sweetness. This is mouth-watering. It's a shame that it's now discontinued and I'd like another bottle.