A new peaty expression has been added to the line-up of Elements of Islay single malt whiskies.
Speciality Drinks has created the new blended malt, Elements of Islay Peat, by marrying whiskies from a handful of Islay’s distilleries.
It is a new ongoing expression for Elements of Islay which was introduced in 2006. The single malts in the range are bottled either as single casks or as small batches of between five and 20 casks.
The new Peat is designed to attract interest from younger whisky drinkers as well as the enthusiasts and collectors who already love the range. It has a recommended price in retail of £35 in 50cl bottles, available from The Whisky Exchange.
At 59.3% ABV, it has the full-on coastal, smoky character of an Islay whisky balanced by sweetness. It can be enjoyed on its own but is also designed to work in cocktails or served with soda and ice.
It was launched at Black Rock, the new whisky bar in Shoreditch, London, which is one of its first on-trade stockists.
Tasting notes from Speciality Drinks
Nose: Fresh and alive with peat smoke and bonfire embers, followed by bracing aromas of salty seaweed and seashells. There is plenty of fruit – lemon, lime and grapefruit – and notes of rich earth and liquorice hiding underneath.
Palate: Thick-cut bacon, seashore campfires and roasted fruit – sweet apple with a sprinkle of caster sugar. Layers of charcoal and dark chocolate envelope the palate and are intertwined with hickory smoke and hints of lapsang souchong tea.
Finish: Sea spray and baked apple fade leaving heavy smoke, truffle salt and sweet spice. Incredibly moreish – after each sip, the whisky demands to be tasted again; each time it delivers complex layers of peat and fruit.