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Not quite my first love when it comes to malt whisky, but a close second. The first bottle of this I bought was olive green and came in box tattooed with a map of Scotland centred on where else the Isle of Skye. I was very impressed, but also impressionable.
This bottle is much more recent purchase in plainer packaging, but that apart I’ve not noticed much change or deterioration in the quality of this malt over the years. The nose is rich with pine and peat smoke, with hints of seaweed and toasted almonds throw in. On the palate there is plenty of body to deliver the peppery attack characteristic of this distillery. The peppery attack is offset by a complex array of softer flavours including sweet malt, almonds and dark chocolate. The sweetness fades through the finish which is long with pepper and the smoke slowly returning.
Never leaves one cold.