Islay Storm Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Islay Storm

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  • Distiller:

    Undisclosed

  • Bottler:

    Vintage Malt Whisky Company

  • ABV:

    40%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: No matter the source, you’re still shelling out a modest $25 for a bottle, and one would be hard pressed to find a better representative of Islay at that price point.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: There's a lot going on here and the creamy sweetness blended with the peppery peat is really quite pleasant.
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  • Nose:

    Sweet cream, peppery spice. Mild smoke here with some rich toffee and smoke notes. Theres surprising amount of activity going on here.

  • Taste:

    Thin mouth feel but thats no surprise at the legal minimum ABV - theres a lot of complexity though. Seems like a catch 22 but isnt really a problem. Smokey and growing vegetal. Its like a light char kind of smoke with some peppery spice thrown in. Its surprisingly sweet though, with a lot of cream and very light caramel peeking through. A little fishy also. Im really impressed at how much is going on here. I expected a burning log and some nail polish remover thrown in a bottle and not much more.

  • Finish:

    Short but complex. No astringency, oddly sweet and creamy. The peppery, smoke and subtle vanilla toffee sweetness play really well together.

  • Overall:

    For a ~$20 bottle, I'm pleasantly surprised. This is no show stopper, nor a Laphroaig QC competitor but at the price its sold at...it doesn't have to be. There's a lot going on here and the creamy sweetness blended with the peppery peat is really quite pleasant. I'm giving this dram a Rank 5 - it doesn't blow anything away but it makes for a surprisingly solid, hyper affordable daily sipper if smoke is your kind of thing.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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