Elements of Islay Peat
The Elements of Islay-series have brought us a range of single malt whiskies from Islay. But the people over at Speciality Drinks have decided to shake things up and now they’ve released a blended malt, made up of a vatting of casks from a handful of Islay distilleries. The Elements of Islay Peat will be an ongoing addition.
Elements of Islay Peat (59,3%, Speciality Drinks)
Nose: There’s lots happening here. The peat is here, but it certainly doesn’t dominate. Lots of citrus on the forefront, mainly lemon peel and orange zest, but also some pink grapefruit. Mineral notes remain in the background.
Taste: Earthy and zesty, with a pretty aggressive arrival. Lots of raw peat. Water reveals more of the citrus flavours that were already apparent in the nose. But despite its rawness, this is well-balanced.
Finish: Long and peated with a touch of iodine. Ends on a sweeter note.
An excellent whisky from Islay that offers much more than its name suggests. At 35 pounds for a 50cl bottle it is also good value for money.
Sample provided by Speciality Drinks
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.