This cask bottling (from an undisclosed Diageo owned distillery located on Islay), distilled in March 2008, spent nine years maturing in a refill bourbon hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in January 2018 at 58.4% ABV. Cask #200805 yielded 276 bottles. Color: White Gold.
Nose: A clean and bright coastal freshness at first with burnt sticks and orange zest behind leading into pineapple lollipops and fresh linens. After the first sip the nose develops farmyard qualities.
Palate: Soft and fruity to begin but quickly showing notes of charred wood, freshly ground black pepper, and a sweet herbaceousness. Lemon verbena, salt coated sea stones, and old book pages develop on subsequent sips.
Finish: Long and lingering with a soft oily coating and notes of sweet peat, coastal salt, and white pepper.
On the label: Look no further for an elegant and sophisticated representation of Islay peat: zesty and herbaceous; peppery and charred; coastal and oily. Each sip builds upon the last and lingers long after the liquid is gone