Whisky Review: BlackAdder Smoking Islay 2017 (NAS)
BlackAdder Smoking Islay 2017 / 58.8%
Tasted neat, then with some bottled water
In my hands is bottle number 5 of 280 from BlackAdder’s Smoking Islay, a NAS cask strength Islay blend release periodically. This one is bottled on November 2017. This is also in their “raw cask” line featuring auspicious particles of cask sediments!
- Color: russet (1.3) although black particulates in the dram make it feel a bit polluted
- Nose: huge peat smoke, iodine, lemon-sour, bandaids; some pear
- Taste: prickly, salt, seaweed, more peat, honey-glazed BBQ pork; vanilla
- Finish: lingering peat, a feeling of hot malt, and lavender
Neat, this is a fiery, rich Islay dram. You could almost call it “Big Peat” if that moniker were not reserved for a rather thinner blend. With a little water, some of the brashness is lost and you have got, I think, a solid CS (but very young) mostly Lagavulin.