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.