83 – Bunnahabhain 2005 “Feis Ile 2018” by Douglas Laing for The Islay Whisky Shop refill hogshead DL12519
Lovely dried tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, some really interesting candied white peaches and hand cream
Pretty simple palate of hay, butter and bread, and some tropical fruits.
The finish was where this whisky shone. Think of a wonderful super creme caramel with subtle bitter caramel.
84 – Ledaig 8 Years by Signatory for TWE’s 20th Anniversary cask 700389
Super clean and spritely nose. Smelling the ozone and standing in the sea spray. Opening a chocolate box, with whiffs of glue and flint, then a gentle warm honey and touches of dried apricot.
The palate of earth and flint – really powerful minerality. It gives way to oysters and grass and a surprising touch of cocoa.
Loved the finish as it turns in to a charming burnt chocolate cake and grass stained knees.