Tasting Notes

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Samaroli Islay Vatted Malt

Country: Scotland

Region: Islay

Type: Blended Malt

Bottler: Samaroli

ABV: 45%

Score: 96 Points

In 1996, Samaroli blended a recipe of 65% Laphroaig, 30% Bowmore, and 5% Ardbeg casks filled in 1992, and recasked them to mature until 2012. The result is an amazing whisky, with a nose full of classic Islay peat and phenols, hints of iodine and brine, but with refined touches of heather and honey. The taste is smoky, peaty, and magnificent with great balance and long-lasting smokiness. The heather and honey notes from the nose hold over and last through an amazingly long finish. An outstanding whisky!