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CASK No. 29.255

Lightly peated

Smoke over the machair

Age 23 Years
Date Distilled 4th April 1995
Cask Type Second Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Region Islay
Outturn 1 of 192 bottles
ABV 56.6%


A totally intriguing nose – gentle, incense-like, perfumed smoke, herbs (rosemary, thyme) cast on a barbeque, salt-encrusted sails and the freshness of mint and laundries. The palate – amazingly complex – dry, salty and smoky (though not very smoky) – with driftwood and balsa wood models, Plasticine, herbs (again) and lemon squeezed over deep-fried boquerones. The reduced nose gave us light smoke, menthol cigarettes and a drying room in a hill-walkers’ bothy. The palate had intimations of vanilla custard and tinned pears, the sweet pepperminty flavour of Blackpool rock and memories of distant smoke drifting over the island machair of wild thyme and bog myrtle.

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