This is an single malt Islay whisky matured for over 25 years at an undisclosed distillery and bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The question that everyone asks is always ‘what distillery could it be’, but does that really matter?
Islay No. 2 (48,6%, That Boutique-y Whisky Co 2019, Batch #3, 1522 btl.)
Nose: a nicely refined Islay profile, with apple compote, melons and traces of charred pineapple. Menthol and eucalyptus, carbon papers and toffee. Sea spray and burnt pine needles. Rather complex and layered.
Mouth: punchier and smokier. Starts on earthy smoke and salty seaweed, before a burst of bright fruits takes over. Grapefruits and oranges. Barley notes, fresh aniseed and ginger. Light mineral notes again. Mint as well.
Finish: long, with biscuity notes, sweet vegetal smoke and hints of leather.
A classy Islay whisky that reminds me of the Laphroaig 25 with slightly less fruity notes. Some seem to bet on Ardbeg though. In any case very tasty stuff. Available from Master of Malt.