Elements of Islay - Peat Cubed Root
Distillery: Bruichladdich, Caol Ila & Laphroaig
Location: Islay, Scotland
Packaging: Standard Elements of Islay Box
About the product:
A blend of a Laphroaig and a Caol Ila aged in bourbon casks, and an Octomore aged in an oloroso sherry cask, this version repeatedly explores peaty, smoky, floral, fruity and medicinal paths which form a triangle that crosses from the north to the south of Islay. Very Laphroaig, with its oily peat and very fruity register, very Caol Ila, with its notes of freshly cut grass and profoundly marine character, and very Octomore, with a power that brings out a very delicate minerality, it feeds on all of these strong influences to forge a unique and charming personality. Additionally, unlike the Bermuda triangle, the taster is free to explore in complete tranquillity a palette of aromas and flavours continually swept with the light of the lighthouses illuminating these three distilleries for miles around.
Profile: the first nose is peaty, chocolate, passion fruit, honeyed and smoked fish. Allowed to breathe, soot spreads through the aromatic palette. Citrus fruit (orange) and apricot are then deposited on soil. The lively attack stages a rather dry peat. The sherry influence is clearly highlighted (dates & figs). On the mid-palate, aromatic plants (bay leaf) and cut grass refresh the palate. The full start of the finish is sweet yet mineral (crème brûlée, diesel). Red and black fruits (red currant, blackcurrant) then make a very noteworthy appearance. With a delicate mouthfeel, the end of the palate is chocolate and chestnut.