First Editions Caol Ila 2011: Feis Ile Loch Fyne Exclusive
70cl / 56.4% abv
Nose: peat smoke and a candied sweetness combine initially, opening up to more coastal elements such as harbour fumes, old fishing net rope and sun scorched sandy beaches; there is light orchard fruits of apple and pear adding a freshness.
Palate: a full blast of Islay smoke alongside ash and charred oak; over-ripe peaches, aniseed, liquorice and a touch of fresh mint offer a counter balance.
Finish: lingering peat smoke, white pepper spice and some coastal sea salt.