Elements of Islay Bn1 | 55.7% | Islay
, Scotland founded: 1881 | active
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Meet #22 | 28/04/12 | Hosted by Shelley
It was time to try a couple of new Elements bottles, this time from Bunnahabhain and Laphroaig - both hard to find now, so possibly our last chance for a tasting!
Like a barn dance to the senses a strong theme of nature prevails with compost, pine cones and wet soil in a coastal forest just after the rain. The gentle sea spray dampening the honeysuckle and dried seaweed on the edge of a smouldering wet bonfire the next morning. A stronger aroma of burnt orange peel, dark chocolate and marzipan interlaced with fermenting pineapple. The combination like taking home a ‘kids party bag’.
Like cruising through city streets in the summer (verging on the edge of regret) the taste of warm tar and worn leather merges with a strong theme of burnt food: sugar, soda bread and toast with marmalade – this can only be due to the distraction of the sun! Nibbling on raisins, juicy oranges and grapes no one noticed the kid amongst us devouring his green crayon!
Bunnahabhain have recently started making a peated whisky, which this is based on..
Finish & Comments
This long finish lingered like liquid fire from the personal boiling pot of the devil. A bubbling concoction of blood, chilli, ginger, aniseed, salted caramel and textured with barbequed blueberries and gooseberries.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
88 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Tasting Game Points (out of 6)
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