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The Ileach

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first, the peat with notes of hay and vanilla incense fills the nose. When the first impact resides it reveals a fruity middle layer. It’s ripe raspberries and a sweet and sour lemon freshness. The backdrop consists of a dry earthiness and cold ashes. With time in the glass it grows sweeter and a honey note comes through. This is a nice nose with enough things to find to make it interesting.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet with a full impact of ashy peat. After it settles it brings notes of honey-glazed barbeque meat with the fresh lemon note in the background. The red berry note is not as pronounced as on the nose, but it still in there to find. The background is still earthy and now also slightly medicinal. After a few seconds it starts to lean over towards a vanilla note. It never feels watery or too mild.

Finish: At first there’s just a second or two without anything happening. First to arrive is a bitter note and oak together with a medicinal peatiness. The fruitiness is gone and it’s basically a decent oakiness and the peatiness from here on out. The oak surpasses the peat in the end. This feels somewhat young but it is very much a bang-for-the-buck whisky.

Additional information
The Ileach is a single malt made by an undisclosed islay distillery. It’s bottled by the independent bottler Vintage Malt Whisky Co’s sister company Highlands & Islands Whisky Co. There is a cask strength version available too.

Copper Dog

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is butterscotch and fruits. A thin layer of red apples and green pears sit on top of a base of butterscotch and vanilla. It’s quite young and ethanol driven. The butterscotch note is very prominent and keeps on growing with time in the glass. A fresh citrus perfumey note is filling the gaps between the other flavours. This is very straight forward on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out with the butterscotch up front and it feels very ”boozy” and young. A bitter tang switches the fruitiness from apples and pears to lemon peel and grapefruits. The oakiness comes in early and it’s somewhat astringent. It’s not as sweet as on the nose. Far in the back there are hints of assorted flowers.

Finish: A very uneventful first impact is soon replaced by the same butterscotch note as before. It almost tastes like a cheap blended scotch in the early stages of the finish. There is some apples in there, but they are overrun by everything else. After a few seconds the oak arrives and it’s a fantastic oakiness with peaches, plum kernels and a fresh juicy oak flavour. It lingers for a while and it’s by far the best part of the experience.

Additional information
This is a blend with 8 Speyside single malts matured in different cask varieties included. They are married together in american ex-bourbon oak barrels before bottling. It’s made in association with the Copper Dog Pub in the Craigellachie Hotel.