For this Peat Release, Elements of Islay have used whisky from a handful of distilleries across the island to create an Islay blended malt, focusing on Islay’s most famous flavour – peat – and it certainly delivers!
The Elements of Islay are a range of whiskies that celebrate the core characteristics that make Islay whisky special and unique.
The single malts in the range are bottled either as single casks or as small batches of between five and 20 carefully selected casks.
A symbol is used to identify the distillery, and each whisky is approved and signed by a whisky authority as a mark of its quality.
Additionally, no age or vintage statement is used as the measure of a whisky’s quality. The Elements of Islay range is all about the excellence of the whisky.
No vintage or age statement is declared. To put it simply – they don’t think one is needed!
Tasting Notes: Peat – Elements of Islay Blended Whisky (59.3%)
Not chill-filtered and no colouring is added.
Nose: Rich, peaty smokiness abounds with aromas of woody bonfires. There’s salty caramel and chocolate in there as well with a little sweetness.
Palate: Thick mouthfeel, creamy alcohol on the tongue giving way to an intensely peaty hit. This is backed up by charcoal and fruity sweetness.
Finish: Powerful spice, salt n’ pepper and smoke with a sweet fruitiness to balance. Some tobacco and leather. Long and tasty!
Overall: A mighty dram for sure! It’s alcohol strength give it the power to be a satisfying, peaty heavy hitter.
Many thanks to The Whisky Exchange for sending the sample.