Review #62: The Single Cask Islay Malt 2008 10 Years Old Alter Ego Barrique

This review focuses on the first of two exceptional undisclosed Islay Malt expressions and this was distilled in 2008, matured initially in a bourbon hogshead before being transferred to an Alter Ego red wine barrique from Chateau Palmer for an additional period of maturation then being bottled at a cask strength abv of 58.2% in 2019.


So, let's dive right into the review!


The Single Cask Islay Malt 2008 10 Years Old Alter Ego Barrique (58.2% abv)


Nose: Sweet aromas on the nose with a hint of peat and some savoury notes. Intriguing elements of juniper and red berries, perhaps cherry.   Palate: Gentle and delicate, even at cask strength. Golden syrup and barley sugar, with just the right amount of smoky sweetness throughout.   Finish: Long and rich subtlety, with some spice that was hidden initially. Honeycomb and soft oak. Comes a long way from the initially light aromas.


This expression is available in extremely limited quantities by the dram or as a part of a flight at The Single Cask.

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