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CASK No. 53.271


Smoky martini in a dirty glass

Age 11 Years
Date Distilled 18th July 2006
Cask Type Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Region Islay
Outturn 1 of 304 bottles
ABV 57.3%


The introduction was one of pure sea salt and the clean aromas of shellfish that epitomised the fresh smell of the sea. A burnt reek entered like smoked mussels and kippers on a bed of singed seaweed framed by green olives. The palate turned the smoke towards sweet burning applewood and rauchbier (smoked German beer) with the oily complexion of mackerel. It appeared chewy and viscous like the tar on an old ship's rope and a mouthful of peat embers intermingled with sultanas. Finally we were presented with a dirty martini, generously doused with brine and served with a pickled gherkin as garnish.

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