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Nose: Peat smoke, oily, briny, some malt.
Palate: Sweet rush initially, then onto medicinal peat and seaweed, some bourbon notes, spices, custard.
Finish: Smoke, long and spiced.
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Not as peaty (harsh) as some of the classic Islays but very smooth with lots of flavour and certainly peaty enough to be able to recognise. I normally reserve my Islays for special occasions but this has disappeared very quickly........ That to me says it all!
1st August 2015
I don’t understand rating down a dram to one star because it is not what you normally drink?Personally I love Islay Whiskys and this is superb! Sooo smooth and while some say oil, I say silk. Will get again once my current bottle runs out.
18th June 2015
If Dewars White Label was given a peating.
15th February 2015
can the cask add value in timeordid the initial spirit miss the Islay secret for complexity
8th October 2014
This has all the characteristics of an Islay. Some of the other reviewers suggest otherwise. Those reviewers must not drink Islay's. Yes, this is young (5-6 years) but for the price it is very acceptable. This scotch has a place in my cabinet.
26th May 2014
Really trows you of in your expectance of a islay malt button i think it's a good balanced whisky good peat notes and a fruity woodsy pallet
25th May 2014
An independent bottling from an undivulged distillery; speculation is that it's a 5-6 year old Lagavulin. Smells and tastes like a campfire, oily mouthfeel, nautical notes abound, some slight nuttiness at the end. The aftertaste lasts for hours, sadly. Got this for $20 at Trader Joe's because I wanted to try an Islay without spending a fortune. Drinkable, intriguing and smooth, but I'm more a fan of Highland and Speyside malts.
10th March 2014
Price considered and still has that special !!! good "body" and "aftertaste"... perfect for the porch in the summerevening after a great barbecue with red wine !
12th February 2014
Interesting.. Not what one would expect from an Islay and hence a disapointment given the name. Giant peat with loads of alcohol on the nose. Seems very young. Not recomendable for Islay Lovers.
29th December 2013
A superb Islay - different with some sweet caramel notes on the fore taste and salt without being over peaty on the after taste. A bargain at the price and my favourite whisky find for two years
12th December 2013
I can not imagine that the 2011 tasters had the 'Storm' as the 2013 batch. The current edition has a nice finish, but what you have to taste to get there is not good. I will mix this down with a blend and serve to guests.
9th November 2013
For Islay a disappointment and even considering the lower price.
19th July 2013
Nothing like any other Islay malt. Not typical of the island: lacking in all of Islay's character, easily the most mediocre malt I have tasted.
3rd May 2013
Great value for the money. Starting with some different sweet tasts. Ending with salty, peaty and smokey flavours!Looks a bit similar like the Bruichladdich Waves.
23rd August 2011
nice peaty malt, not as sharp as some Islay malts, but unmistakable taste and different enough to be a great addition.
24th January 2011