Another, fairly recent, release by the infamous Maltman aka Meadowside Blending. I simply adore most of their output so far. This one is exclusively bottled for the german distributor Alba Import. So, let’s taste this dark beauty from Islay.
Smoked bacon. Old leather jacket. Freshly squeezed lemon sprinkled with salt. Sea breeze. A bonfire on the beach. Driftwood. Wet stones. Menthol. Fishermen’s Friends. Very mineral and earthy. Some forest honey and orange rind in the background.
Very oily and leathery arrival. Afterwards, sweet and salty flavors spread on the tongue. Roasted and salted peanuts. Macadamia. Bacon. Iodine tincture and cough drops. In the finish, a beautiful, leathery bitterness from the oak, with espresso notes and tart orange peel. The nose is now getting fresher and more mineral.
Maltman has delivered again. Caol Ila from sherry casks are rather rare. Really nice, maritime malt with not too dominant sherry influence. If you like Caol Ila, you will be very happy here. / 87