It walks the line between power and finesse and after 34 long years this is not surprising.
This magnificent single Islay malt demands and should receive full concentration, respect and reverence as it reveals so many rich treasures of delight – salted caramel, sticky toffee pudding, lime marmalade and frangipane. Broad shouldered and wellbuilt you must give this aged icon plenty of time on the palate to fully tease out those extra layers of fig cake, liquorice stick, manuka honey and ginger spice. There is just a faint whisper of grapefruit acidity and saline persistency to round off this nugget of liquid gold.
Colour – A galaxy of sandalwood amber gold with gleaming rays of pure sunshine
Nose – Divinely decadent with a sophisticated coffret of enticing aromas which immediately makes their presence felt, reverberating seductive nuances of Scottish Heather honey spread over hot buttered toast, Turkish Delight, Doyenne du Comice pear skins and Swiss White chocolate. There is also an exciting vibrancy of caramel fudge, Cape gooseberries, Ogen melon and Vanilla panna cotta slowly unfolding in the background. A gentle kiss of peat smoke and American white oak ebbs away softly on the drydown.
ONLY 1800 bottles Worldwide, of which only 150 bottles available for the UK.
Aged for a total of 34 Years, initially in traditional oak casks before being transferred into casks that have previously held Cognac to create a full bodied aroma and powerful yet complex depth of flavour.
From Peat’s Beast – an un-named Islay Distillery.