An undisclosed Islay Malt 2007 in the Liquid Treasures series. Other bottlers have released similar casks with a Kildalton reference (e.g. Kildalton 2007 Archives). So let’s keep it at Ardbeg again?
Islay Malt 7 yo 2007 (51,9%, Liquid Treasures 2014, bourbon barrel, 159 btl.)
Nose: lots of smoked fish, peated malt and clean lemony notes. A bit of tar and burnt heather. Roasted notes, like coffee and almonds. Clean and focused, but there’s a nice fat roundness to it (vanilla custard), as well as a mentholated edge.
Mouth: quite sweet (vanilla syrup, pears and wine gums) before it gets peatier and more peppery. Smoked herbs. Fairly youngish in showing hints of fruit spirits. Liquorice sweets. Subtle earthy notes and gentian too.
Finish: long, clean and ashy. Dark chocolate with a pinch of salt.
Bold whisky again, youngish but well made. Nowadays independent Islay whisky doesn’t come cheap though: around € 90.