11 October 2019

Quick Fire Whisky Tasting Notes

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
46% ABV
Nose: Engine fumes from a fishing trawler as it crashes through the salty waves of a choppy sea – iodine – peat smoke – seaweed - a pile of old dusty newspapers – thick and slightly undercooked bacon rinds – a just opened jar of cornichons - bramley apples - lemon sherbet - bread pudding - honey – white pepper and a tenacious tease of five spice.
Palate: An initial palatable pound-ette of sweet peat smoke and coal tar – charred oak – a salty kick of the coast - espresso coffee – malt loaf smeared with lime marmalade – Edinburgh rock - lemon green tea - Thai sweet chili sauce - white pepper and Quality Street mint matchmakers.
Finish: A sweet, smoky, wish it could stay around a tad longer, linger-ette of a finish!
Summary: It has to be said that the Aerolite Lyndsay isn’t the punchiest of Islay’s, and nor should it feel like that it needs to be. Actually, quite often it’s great to sip and savour something that has all the characteristics of this mesmerising island, but subtler and without getting a big slap on the chops in the process.
This is a superb easy sipper, which is ideal for those warmer evenings. It also just happens to make for a great and honest bridging dram, allowing you to test those peaty waters before progressing onto something more medicinal and phenol-menal!
Also just in case you’re wondering, the name Aerolite Lyndsay, which is the first expression from the new ‘The Character of Islay Whisky Company’, is simply an anagram of ‘ten year old Islay’. Now you know!