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A great Islay single malt from an unnamed distillery. The Ileach always scores well with the critics, this cask strength edition was awarded a mindblowingly high 97 points by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible. He describes as easily being a whisky of the year contender.
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I don't know where to start, a very unusual start, it has connotations of chocolate yet it reminds me of loch fyne in tarbert Argyllshire, it has that strong peaty undertone scent that you get whilst fishing on the loch, where it catches your throat in a very pleasant way, once it starts going down its like an explosion of tastes that I cannot describe , I almost tasted cinnamon but the joy of hitting my stomach was like manna from heaven, it has a very similar backing to aberlour but richer and tastier, a drink that should never be threatened with water, straight down and hold your breath and count to five then enjoy the explosions of WOW.
12th February 2017
Must give thanks to Robertsons of Petlochry who took me through several tastings of Islay Malts to discover this. I do enjoy Ardbeg 10 Year Old with a drop of water. Now this Ileach I found outstanding, still young but delicious. discoved undertones and complexity to it. Being Cast Strength it does have way too much punch neat for me, required softening carefully with drops of water to calm it down. (Raw, overwhelmed, closing the palate down instantly otherwise.) But transformed, opened up, still with good weight and strength. Rich colouring with strong legs in the glass. Nose - Oak, peat, nutty, raisins, dark fruits, earthy/minerals. So enjoyable.Palate - Impressive strike still, even after added water. On the palate this whisky has 3 distinct stages - a start - middle and end. Peat, smoke, black licorice, seaweed at first with developing notes of brown sugar, peppery, tar, burned toffee, leather, peat and seaweed still there in the background some chocolate coming through on a long sweet smoky finish. Complexed and so enjoyable. A sip gives a couple of minutes of pure delight. I have no idea if this brands whisky varies in taste year to year, all I can say is the 2016 batch is spot on for me and a bargain at its price point.
19th September 2016
En ung single malt direkt från pannan. Ung för djupet har inte hunnit komma. Men smaken och röken är ändå av hög klass. Mycket intressant, men inte i längden.
9th March 2016
First of all: this is not a complex whisky, and it tastes pretty young. Also, it's definitely not chill-filtered, and it's loaded with e150.Having said that, it can be a very enjoyable whisky. Although I've found the experience various enormously depending on how much water is added. Straight from the bottle it's pretty harsh (even for 58%), but water it down too much and the harshness gives way to an unpleasant, "artificial tasting" sweetness. Find the sweet spot though and you've got yourself a decent, if uncomplicated, peaty Islay whisky.Also, it's fantastic value for money.
8th February 2015
After reading reviews here and elsewhere, I was really looking forward to tasting this. I was, however, disappointed. The colour interested me first: either this had been matured in Glendronch-quality Oloroso casks or 'something' had been added to achieve this hue. The nosing and tasting seemed to me to suggest the latter was the case. Now, to be clear, I do enjoy the big Islay malts - Cask Strength 10yo Laproaig is a favourite, and I've enjoyed bottles of cask strength Caol Isla, Bowmore and Ardbeg. So, I was expecting a huge surge of smoke and peat on the nose but what I got, I felt, was rather tame and subdued. Similarly, the taste left me feeling a bit cheated and there was too much of a caramel flavour in the finish. As for price, which others seem to think is very competitive, I can regularly pick up Bowmore for £25 and Laphroaig 10 and Bunnahabhain 12 for £28 and I would rather pay these prices than over £40 (incl postage)for these, to me anyway, more satisfying drams.
12th January 2015
I may be biased as a big peaty fan with Laphroaig being my first ever whisky and until now quarter cask being my favourite. But I cannot lie this is a contender for the top spot. I echo the comments regarding cask strength. I always like to taste every one on their own before adding water to make sure it is required as more often than not I prefer whisky on its own. But this is 58% so water is a must but make sure it's the right amount, not too much or too little just what suits the individuals palate because this truly is a beautiful whisky which for me competes with uigeadail, quarter cask and lagavulin 16 as my favourite.
27th December 2014
Like all really great malts, this one edges towards the indefinable; there's a lot going on once you get past the 58% alcohol. Grab it while it is still cheap because I doubt it will remain so.
6th October 2014
Just had my first dram of this beauty. Now this is what I call value for money. Hugely phenolic, peaty, apricot, plumes, tar and ash. This is fun stuff!
23rd August 2014
Go for this, don't buy the 40%.
7th June 2014
Well, it reminds me of two great whiskies: Corryvreckan and Quarter Cask. Am I right?
13th April 2014
Even better,just had my first dram! Don't buy this as I want it all!!!!!!!
1st January 2014
Often overlooked by the islaphile because it comes from a secret distillery. This is however a mistake, its huge, peaty, medicinal, chalky, salty seaweed, pure elemental. As raw and unforgiving as the north sea wonderful stuff if you're a peat head.
8th September 2013
Don't forget that Cask Strength needs a little more water than normal. Hence the brutal and rough comments
19th December 2012
Having never heard of this before my birthday, the wife turned up this for me from our local deli so my expectation was low. Could not have been more unprepared for what is a head blow of peat of rambo strength. The nose is huge, the colour deep, the mounth a little rough but the reward is word try out. Have it in your collection as one to surprise.
14th June 2012
A very strong and peaty spirit, reminiscent of Lagavullin. The taste and aroma is immense and lingers in the mouth. It is a bit brutal though and not a smooth as some.
9th April 2012
This is one of the most pungent whiskies I have tried! It punches well above its price. Peat levels are massive, way beyond those of even an Uigedail. The drawback with this dram is that it lacks finesse and isn't very refined but it is well worth a try.
14th March 2011