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Blended Scotch and Malt Elements of Islay Independent Bottlers Island of Islay Scotland

Elements of Islay – Peat

Review of an Islay blended whisky

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 45%ABV
Ageing casks: N/A
Chillfiltered: No
Added colouring: No
Owner: Elixir Distillers
Average price: € 40.00
Official website: islay.com
Vote: 84/100

All whisky enthusiasts will be familiar with The Whisky Exchange, a huge online and physical shop dedicated to spirits based in the United Kingdom, born of the genius of Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh, two brothers and very tireless entrepreneurs.
Not content with this, since 1999 they have put all their passion (and entrepreneurial spirit) into creating a real war machine in the field of spirits with Speciality Drinks, which offers a large online shop and all-round consultancy to those who want to approach this world. And, of course, they also have their own independent bottling business, Elixir Distillers, which produces various labels of whisky, rum and tequila. And preparing to build a new distillery on Islay.
A strong bond with Scotch, therefore, and with the peated island par excellence, embodied by Elements of Islay, a label that since 2006 has been offering a series of bottlings exclusively from Islay, whose packaging takes up the theme of the table of elements with a two-letter acronym representing the distillery of origin and a number counting the sequence of bottlings (ageing is never declared).

Even the bottle size, 50cl instead of the standard 75cl, is in the style of those used in chemistry, and each bottling bears the signature of a well-known name in the whisky world who “guarantees” the quality of the liquid it contains.
Not only single distilleries (of which five to twenty casks are chosen for each bottling), but also a blended, proposed in two versions: the present and a cask strength one, both born from the fusion of sixty casks coming from different (and undeclared) distilleries.
The signature of Oliver Chilton, the man who helped the two Singh set up The Whisky Exchange shop in London, which then went on to manage the casks destined for Elixir Distillers, puts its seal on the bottle.

Tasting notes

As the label promises, it’s peat that emerges on the nose, medicinal and meaty, with touches of cloves and rosemary over barbecue embers. There are fruity hints, not very strong, between tropical and yellow fruit, together with custard and a coastal streak. Simple and straightforward.
In the mouth it’s firm, the peat becomes more vegetal and spicy, acquiring woody and balsamic aromas intertwined with ginger and a copious sprinkling of white pepper and paprika. The fruit is sharper and sweeter, with veins of lemon, liquorice and crème brûlée, in a fairly full and oily body. The smoke becomes evident especially along the length, sailing on salty and lively waves that embrace the flavours.
The finish isn’t very long and saline, with balsamic overtones of sweet liquorice, smoke and vegetable peat.

It may not shine in terms of complexity but it manages to be generous and expressive, very drinkable and with a discreet range of island evocations, going beyond the simple task.
Well done.

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