Islay #4 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) 500ml
Another mysterious Islay single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! For Islay #4, the Boutique-y bunch have adorned the bottle with a scene from the Islay Distillers Boat Race 2008, with a few familiar faces from a few familiar Islay distillers setting sail in their trusty vessels. But who's that in last place? It's our very own Jake Mountain in his dinghy, putting paddle to the metal and getting nowhere fast.
Batch 1 is a release of 1,586 bottles.
Nose: Apple wood on a charcoal fire brings a herbal, sweet smokiness through which strawberry, rhubarb and citric brightness emerge. Floral honey, fluffy Scotch pancakes and a little dark fruit emerge.
Palate: More bittersweet charred woodsmoke, lemon peel and dried pineapple initially, with sweet tobacco and green grapes developing.
Finish: Dry, smoky and lingering.
Overall: Islay by name, Islay by nature.