The Single Cask Whisky Review #81: The Single Cask Islay Malt 8 Years Old

August 28, 2018

The Single Cask Whisky Review #81: The Single Cask Islay Malt 8 Years Old

This week's review focuses on the next expression in a series of reviews devoted to the new arrivals within The Single Cask range, and we continue with a rather interesting undisclosed Islay malt!

This expression was matured for 8 years before being bottled at 50% abv by The Single Cask.

So, let's dive right into the review!

The Single Cask Islay Malt 8 Years Old (Bottled at 50% abv)

Colour: Amber

Nose: Initial entry presents a rather unusual juniper note, followed by hints of black pepper, coastal peat, malt, grist and oak. Each element takes some time to unveil itself and there's a sense of complexity that reveals itself over time.

Palate: More of the same on the palate, with the unusual juniper note being present but rather understated on the palate than on the nose. This is followed by chewy malt and dusty grist as well as a generous helping of barley sugar and black pepper. The peat initially takes a back seat, but becomes more prominent over time alongside some sea salt.

Finish: Medium on the finish, with the peat and malt hints rather dominant and some sea salt adding to the coastal nature of this expression. 

Balance: A fairly well-balanced expression which exhibits some typical and unusual elements that one would usually find in an Islay-centric whisky. The mouthfeel is largely drying, but not overly so.

This expression is available for purchase by the dram or as a part of a flight for in-bar consumption, as well as by the bottle for either in-bar or retail/takeaway purposes. Please approach our friendly staff for more information and they will be more than happy to assist you with any queries you have have.

Written By Brendan Pillai for The Single Cask Singapore

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