The Loch Fyne The Living Cask®
43.6% vol. / 50cl
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Scoring an impressive 94.5 points in Jim Murray's 2016 Whisky Bible, our The Living Cask 1745 is at the heart of the solera batched releases and the perfect ode to Islay's annual festival of malt and music.
That's because this unique expression, inspired by by Inveraray's location as the gateway to Islay, is made up of 100% Islay single malts! Rumoured to include whiskies up to 25 years of age, it's a fitting homage to the wee island's big population of eight active distilleries, who collaborate to host the internationally famed festival each year.
Jim Murray's official tasting note:
n23.5 an intriguing two-toned nose which, if you concentrate on one side, offers firm smokiness giving further edge to the unyielding malts; and from the other angle is a complete softie...! t23.5 the delivery takes the path of the second option with an immediate eiderdown softness on delivery but doesn’t duck out of juicy and, at times, forceful barleysugar then Fisherman Friend notes...all very sweet shop; f23.5 remains silky; now with a few spices joining the rolling smoke; b24 one of the best whiskies ever created at quarter to six in the evening....and one quite impossible not to love. 46.3%
Nose: Sweet smoke, like burning heather, it then opens to a chimney soot and coal tar. There's a nice maltiness with a touch of coconut. Over time this is reminiscent of harbours and old rope - Typical Islay!
Palate: Big, bold and yet balanced delicately. An oily texture, there's an ashy note underlying with lots of peat, tar, tobacco and charred oak
Finish: Peppery but with a sweet edge. It really stands out from the crowd.
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