Nose – Heather, watermelon, sherbet lemon, eucalyptus oil
Palate – Chilli heat, citric, bitter finish
Nose with water – Singed heather. Well smoked bonito flakes
Palate with water – 90% cocoa chocolate with chilli kick, laverbread
Those who look for medicinal notes in their Laphroaig will find them in abundance here, but balanced with sweetness too. This almost feels like an old home remedy for all kinds of malaise – green eucalyptus oil, heather and citrus peel for the nose, and a teaspoon of honey and reduced watermelon syrup to bind the botanicals. On the palate a sharp sweetness of sherbet lemons spreads over the tongue, but leaves an impression of brined black olives.
With water, a little puff of smoke appears, setting in motion the umami of cured bonito flakes. Warm laverbread brings to mind summer island mornings, and unhurriedly, bitter orange marmalade joins the breakfast. The flavours in this whisky are diverse and wonderful – a couple more years may allow them to cooperate more fully, giving a smoother experience.