An 8-year-old single malt from Island distillery, Tobermory, bottled by Colonsay Drinks' owned, Scalasaig as part of the "Island Hopper" series.
Distilled in 2013, casks #12058, #12059, #12060, and #12061 were finished for 18 months in ex-Oloroso Sherry hogsheads; yielding 1,490 bottles at 46.5% abv. Unchill-filtered, natural colour.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Smoked sweet teriyaki cured meats with a hint of spice and dried cake fruits.
Palate: Rich and robust. Warming hints of exotic spice, dried fruits and dark liquorice. Enveloping it all is the bold burning embers of a peat fire.
Finish: Salty sea breeze, sweet and warming with waves of maritime smoke.
This is an unpeated expression from the Tobermory distillery (peated whiskies appear under the name Ledaig), located on the Isle of Mull. The distillery utilises relatively short fermentation runs in tangent with stills designed to maximise reflux. The result is a spirit which is rich and coastal, yet at the same time full of sweet fruit and malt notes.
The Scalasaig is the latest bottling brand from independent bottler, Colonsay Beverages. The group is based on the tiny port village of Scalasaig on Colonsay island; just 16 kilometres North-West of Islay. The "Island Hopper" series portrays a voyage around the Hebridean islands off of Scotland's West coast, sailing coast to coast procuring exquisite single malts along the way: certainly, at least the latter half is true.
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