Secret Islay 2011
Colour: tawny amber.
a very citrussy accented peat smoke that’s sharp and with restrained earthy and hessian tones in the background. Some dried cranberry and umami seasonings as well – increasingly showing a savoury, sharp and herbal-infused smoky profile. In time the citrus fruit notes give a more ‘jellied’ and textural impression. Water adds a rather sooty and charcoal like dimension. Things like tarry rope and smoked mussels.
citrus curds, smoked olive oil, kippers drizzled with lemon juice and a nicely sharp and chiselled peat smoke. Also aniseed, hessian, salted Dutch liquorice and mustard powder. It’s powerful but cohesive and controlled, lots to enjoy here. With water: hints of marsala wine, camphor, iodine drops and dried orange peels. The port never dominates, the peat is always clearly in charge, which is great.
long, very salty, back on Dutch liquorice, smoked black teas, iodine, natural tar and even some seawater and beach pebbles now. Excellent!