53.387 - Classic Taste of Coastal Islay

10 years old, distilled 16th November 2010, 60.0% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 297 bottles, dram price C

SMWS 53.387 - Smoky Dynamite ShrimpThe nose has burnt sausages and bonfire smoke, with hints of raisins. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has more burnt barbecue meats, alongside dried apple and hints of peanuts - then peat smoke. The finish has peat smoke and hints of raisins.

Water brings out thin, short-lived whorling. The nose gains horseradish and loses the raisins. The body gains horseradish and hints of stem ginger. The finish gains horseradish.

An interesting dram, in that the heavy peating tempers a note I'd normally not like (horseradish).

One for winter afternoons.

Technical score: 4/5
Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.

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.