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CASK No. 53.242


Honey and Vanilla Smoke

Age 7 Years
Date Distilled 1st Jun 2010
Cask Type Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Region Islay
Outturn 1 of 332 bottles
ABV 58.4%


An interesting dram; it seems older than 7 years, but slightly lacking finesse – a gawky teenager with the promise of grace. The nose has honey and vanilla smoke (‘a fire in an American Cream Soda factory’, someone suggested), dried kelp, lobster creels, scallops and beach bonfires. The palate is deeply satisfying – a wee explosion of sweet smoke (hot smoked salmon), poached pears and an earthy tang. With water, the nose gets sea breezes over the machair and polished leather shoes. The palate has a lovely sweet viscosity of vanilla and toffee; tar and burnt twigs bring earthiness to the finish.

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