53.332 - Storm-tossed kelp on an Islay beach

11 years old, distilled 20th February 2009, 58.8% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 308 bottles, dram price C

SMWS 53.332 - Storm-tossed kelp on an Islay beachThe nose has beach bonfires, wet kelp, driftwood and a hint of lemon. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has wet kelp, lemon, smoke from a driftwood bonfire and hints of liquorice.The finish has lemon, kelp and bonfire smoke.

Water brings out lemongrass and barbecued seafood, but loses nothing. The body gains lemongrass and seafood. The finish gains more lemon.

A decent dram that balances smoke and lemon with some coastal notes. There’s nothing wrong here!

One for winter mornings.

Technical score: 4.5/5

Personal preference: I’d have another dram.

This whisky was provided by the SMWS in a preview session - thanks to them for that. Full editorial control has been retained in the tasting process.