As We Get It - Islay 8yo | 59.2% | Islay
Meet #33 | 09/02/13 | Hosted by Steph
For our mystery malts and mad names night, we headed to a Duddingston cottage to sample some intriguing whiskies by the fireplace..
Straight in with some tequila right up the nose! This one’s silky but also duplicitous. Notes of honey come through, along with its alcoholic counterpart mead. Indeed, it’s meady and needy with hints of fried egg sweets. Continuing the sweet theme, cream soda and vanilla essence make an appearance. It’s not all sweetness though, with sharp, citrusy notes coming through along with streaky bacon in all its salty glory accompanied by none other than wet salt. We’re all in agreement here.
This tastes like Lenin! No, a lemon. There are definite hints of the sea here with salty, salt lochs, sea water and “seasidey” all being referenced. Aside from the sea, there is a meatiness to this malt with gammon flavours coming through. Adding water brings out a certain spiciness with some cinnamon toast. Sean Bean is also definitely here with some jelly beans. He described the taste as “imagination of the X-files under-the-skin crawly alien” at which point we asked him to leave. The flavour is rounded off with honey, turpentine, crystalised formaldehyde and yup, you guessed it, marmite on pumpernickle bread.
A barrel of laughs or a full tun of disapointment?
Finish & Comments
The finish is medium. No, scrap that, it’s long, long, long, long. Are you sure? I thought it was medium, medium, medium, medium, medium, long, long, loooong. Sixty yards? Just inside the penalty box? Curled into the top corner? Yeah it’s Tony Yeboah! It’s one of these anyway.
NB Scores were taken for most members, but who said was has been mostly lost - the average score reflects all noted scores, not just those recorded below.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
82 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Tasting Game Points (out of 0)
No scores available.
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