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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Peat, Elements of Islay, 45%

Review #563
This is a blended malt in from the series “Elements of Islay”. It is the “little brother” to the full proof edition that sits at 59,3%. Fresh peat in the smell. Fresh cut grass, some apples and pears, vanilla and hints of lemongrass, but mostly just young fresh peat…

Classic Islay character in the taste. Lots of peat, a dash of salt, some white fruits and hints of burned oak. Some spices, like black pepper, comes forward in the finish and mixes with some sweetness. Mostly burned caramel.

This is fairly peated, but very easy going. It is not very complex, but it ain´t supposed to be. So if you are in the mood for an uncomplicated Islay dram, this could be a fine choice. It holds 45% so it packs some more flavours than those watered all the way down to 40. I will give this 83/100 (20/22/21/20).

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