Kategoriarkiv: Islands

Isle of Raasay Inaugural Release 2020 – Limited Edition

ABV: 52 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a layer of herbacous peat and darker red berries with a bottom note of vanilla and honey. It feels very rich and lively. The top note is very sharp and pointy. When it settles it becomes brighter with fresh berries and citrus fruits with a soft layer of mint on top. The peat falls back and moves out towards the edges. This is a nice and interesting nose which lacks some depth, but that’s not too much of a bother.

Mouth: It starts out very oaky, sharp and pointy. The peat is creating an outer layer and the core is malty and has a very beer-like quality to it. There’s a pine note as well as red berries and a weird saltiness within. There’s also a bitter side to it which comes through with time. It’s astringent and sort of attacks the palate with all the flavours at the same time. This means it becomes sort of overwhelming and not all that pleasant on the palate.

Finish: The ABV spicyness flares up and creates a nice peppery overtone. It then reverts to oak and pine together with astringent sour red berries and a hint of vanilla. It doesn’t have a sweet base anymore and the peat is slowly subsiding. The ”beery” maltiness stays in the core for a good while before the wood takes over. It still feels like a mix of pine and oak a long way down the line which isn’t all that great. This is a decent whisky with some nice flavours but it feels like it’s undecesive and all over the place. That makes it a bit hard to access.

Additional information
This is the first legal whisky from the distillery. It’s aged in ex-Tennessee whisky barrels and finished in first fill ex-Bourdeaux red wine casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. This is bottle number 301/7500.

Highland Park Cask Strength Edition Batch 2

ABV: 57.1 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sort of laid back and sweet. There is an ABV spicyness coming through but it’s not invasive. There’s honey and vanilla together with a red fruitiness but the whole thing isn’t jumping out of the glass. There’s a subjective note of how a closet full of old clothes smell. The core flavours tend to move forward over time in the glass with red berries and dark dried fruits. It opens up and improves substantially with time.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and quite ABV spicy. A lemon note flies by before the red berries and dark fruits show up. There’s liqueur-soaked cherries and raisins. There’s a dusty note and just a thin leather note. The cask influence is sort of limited and it’s not a complex dram, but flavourful nontheless.

Finish: The high ABV shoots off a peppery spicyness before the sherry influence and a honey sweetness comes through. Vanilla is residing in the background together with some raisins and there’s not much of an oakiness, just a touch in the end. It comes through together with the thin leather note. There’s no astringency and basically no bitterness. A small chalk note comes through late in the finish.

Additional information
This expression was released in 2013 as an exclusive for the swedish market. It’s aged in european ex-sherry casks for an undisclosed amount of time.