“Islay TIME”….. I can hear the pitter, patter of all of those big time Islay fans running to open today’s number 11 door and grab themselves a comfy spot in the living room. Islay whiskies are normally brash and full on but somehow Samaroli still manages to find the nuance and bring it to life in their expressions.
Islay is a small island off the West coast of the Scottish mainland that is really responsible for the Peat Geek club of eager drinkers around the world. Seen by many as the hardest flavor profile to get your head and taste buds around it is also incredibly complex and the world of whisky would not be the same without it.
Samaroli devote at least one of their releases to showcase this amazing piece of the Scottish Whisky landscape and this years effort is no doubt going to be as delicious as its predecessors.
Samaroli Islay – Over an Islay Rainbow 2017 edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – American Oak Hogshead bottled at 43% non chill filtered and no caramel.
Colour: Samaroli do a lot of re casking into new American Oak that is very lightly toasted. These casks make for little to no colour transference and result in some of the lightest whiskies I have seen.
Nose: Deck the halls with garlands of medicine bottles wrapped in salty torched orange rind peelings.
Palate: Fresher that I thought it would be with the citrus coming through nicely, shadowed by the underworld figure of Wet Flinty Peat. Good name for a fictional whisky villain.
Finish: The freshness actually pushes through more here and I find that burnt orange dominating with dabs of alcohol swabs cleaning the wounds at regular intervals.
Lots to delve into here and I will be coming back to my left over half bottle later for some more time alone together.
Love a good day on Islay and this was quite reminiscent of our whisky from day 11 in the 3rd edition calendar. Wemyss Malts Kiln Embers was also mostly Islay born. This must just be about that time each year when my taste buds yearn for some dark side goodness.
Speaking of the Dark Side time to go check out Scotch Trooper today.
Tomorrow we are taking the ferry back to the mainland to check out a very special dram bottled by Secret Spirits. Only our third ever cask so stay tuned for day 12.