Origin: Islay (Scotland)
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Douglas Laing
Average price: € 69.00
Official website: www.douglaslaing.com
Do you remember Christmas?
The dinners, the tours to the houses of relatives, the fights with your uncle…
In 2020 we were spared all this stuff, and it was perhaps one of the few advantages of Covid, but distilleries and producers thought not to give up their celebrations, and so here we are with another special bottling for the festive period.
Tenth Christmas version for the scurvy and peated fisherman, released in 2020 in 5,000 bottles, as always the result of an unspecified mix of Islay whiskies (of which only Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and the usual Port Ellen droplet are declared), whose only difference with the basic version seems to be the gradation, not particularly high but declared as cask strength.
Straw yellow in the glass.
Intense peat on the nose, between coastal and fleshy influences, with that mixture of herring and bacon that you expect just looking at the label. But, as always in this series, peat is never over-pressing, and in short it opens like a curtain on the aromas of yellow fruit (banana, peach, apricot, apple), lemon cream, toasted bread, mustard. Iodine and salt accentuate over time, convincingly demonstrating the origin of the blend.
Peppery and salted at the palate, with a sparkling flavor that livens the wave of vegetable smoke on fruity and sweet tones with impressions of cola, licorice, orange soda. It’s very sugary, with acrid smoke as a barrier to total unravelling. Oily and full.
Fairly long finish of off embers, fruit jelly, salt, pepper.
A nice representative of Islay, pimping enough, disengaged, with just that flick given by the highest gradation to give it a little push but without exaggeration. Made to please, and it delivers.