The Ileach simply means ‘him from Islay’. It is a single malt from this Mekka of the peated whisky and through the grapevine I heard it whispered that this might in fact be a young Lagavulin. I am not so certain. There are different releases at differing ABVs bottled, but I will be trying the 40% version. It has a clear copper color with an orange sheen…
Boy, loads of peat on the nose. Iodine, sea spray, seaweeds, stockfish and oyster sap. Underneath some wet earth and dark fruit, although I cannot pinpoint any in particular. I do get some overripe banana and green apples, maybe. Evolves towards goat cheese with raisins and then towards stable scent. Quite pleasant!
The arrival is rather weak and watery, to be honest. Mildly drying, by the way. Sweet, certainly, but immediately the maritime and slightly medicinal elements kick in. Pepper, liquorice and dried spices. Some vanilla takes care of sweetness.
The finish is medium long on more of the same, but with a dry, salty edge at the death.
Around 25 EUR, which is more than okay fort his bottle. Thanks, Pat!
I tried this tonight at a friends house and I definitely agree with this review. Smoky, maritime nose with some unidentifiable sweetness, very thin mouthfeel but a rather lingering finish. It makes me curious for the CS version.
As luck would have it, I currently have the cask strength version sitting on my desk, waiting to be tried. I shall have tasting notes in the near future :-)