A single cask whisky from an undisclosed Islay distillery, bottled by North Star.
This was matured in a single refill hogshead, with 300 bottles in the release.
A classic peated IslayÂ whisky, lots of smoke, brine and seaweed.
The Millenial series from North Star showcases excellent whiskies from the various Scottish regions, bottled at 50% and often single cask. They provide exceptional value for plenty of flavour.
North Star is a Glasgow-based independent bottler run by Iain Croucher, who has quickly set himself up as one of the most exciting young bottlers from Scotland. All their whiskies are natural colour and un-chill filtered.
Tasting notes by Angus MacRaid of Whisky Fun:
This one hails from the Port Askaig region of Islay.
Nose:Â Pretty textbook stuff. Shellfish, seawater, yeasty sourdough, white flowers, lemon juice, fish sauce, wood ashes. A touch of good malt vinegar on salty chips. With water: more ashes, more beach pebbles, some sheep wool, a wee hint of blue cheese and bandages.
Mouth:Â Great arrival! A soft, peaty oil slick. Lots of ash, brine, green olives, sea water, medical embrocations, black pepper, hot grist and lime juice on fresh oysters. Itâ€™s very hard to find fault with this make at this age and cask type. With water: dried seaweed, tarry rope, lemon infused oil, barley sugar, smoked German dark beers, smoky bacon fries and some good plain peat smoke.
Finish:Â Long and all on kiln smoke, anchovies, pine resins, cured meats, salted fish and newspaper ash.
Comments: â€œWestering home and a song in the a...â€ etc, etc...Â
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