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An Islands Blended Malt from the folks at Hunter Laing, which is replacing the Rock Oyster. Bottled at 46.8%, Rock Island is composed of whiskies from Arran, Jura, Orkney and Islay!
Evan’s Tasting Note
Nose: Like you are on the coast, somewhere in western Scotland. Fresh sea air, with saltwater blowing in the wind and all, pear drops, a touch of kelp, citrus zest, driftwood, fresh oyster shells, custard, vanilla, freshly washed clothes and/or fabric softener, ozone, eucalyptus, and a dash of coastal peat.
Palate: Creamy and a touch oily with notes of salty brine, fresh grapefruit, pineapple rind, chilli lime flavouring, angel food cake, fondant, camomile tea, a small (tiny even) dash of peat and a touch of miso broth and Thai basil. Is that culture clash?
Finish: Salty and sweet with the barest touch of smoke and a dash of spice. The creamy note sticks around nicely as well.
Comment: The peat and smoke could be mostly in my head on this one. The coastal notes come of more as salt, salt, and more salt along with the ozone note.
Producer's Tasting Note
Nose: Wave-soaked rocks and fresh, salty oceans
Palate: Sweet peat paralleled with smoke, honey, damp ash and late pepper
Finish: A long finish that replicates all that has gone before
"An extraordinary encapsulation of the very best Single Malts distilled amongst others on the glorious islands of Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney, Rock Island is a subtle, smoky and sweet celebration of the sea."
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