Whisky Import NL were celebrating their 10th anniversary or birthday, and to commemorate the occasion they bottled a special mystery Islay single malt with the help of the CWC, a total of 314 bottles, a sample of which found its way to me by means of Niko (Thanks dude), who knew I would like that dram.
It’s a mystery Indie, but sources tell me it’s a Lagavulin, and after tasting it, I pretty much am sure this is the case (having tasted other young said to be Lagavulins from say, Jack Wiebers better known as the Classic of Islay ). Let’s try it shall we?
Nose: There’s certainly a certain youthfulness to this one: I am getting the classic young spirit notes of pear and apple , but there’s a nice touch of that wood smoke and sweet peat. In additin there are spices such as Pepper and salt, and even a Mezcal like quality to it. as well as some peppermint. A very nice nose on this one, despite the age, it feels well integrated.
Palate: Peppery and spicy. Cinnamon gum, and again that Lovely wood smoke that is so Lagavulin-y it’s pretty much easy to like the palate. Sweet peat. Apple crumble. Peppermint , tar and ash. Sweet dough.
Finish: Icing sugar. Peat. Wood smoke. Ash.
It is most likely a Lagavulin, by any means. That trademark wood smoke is here, and although we’re getting more young spirit fruity notes, it feels right, fresh, yet ready to drink, and by no means too young. If you’re a Lagavulin or Islay fan, you’re bound to like this stuff. at 50% it’s also pretty big and the mouth feel is lovely. A highly recommended dram, if you can score a bottle. It’s still availble in some NL online whisky shops… (such as WhiskySite etc). The Good stuff.