The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar - Door Number 10

Each day in December until Christmas Day we are opening a door on The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar and posting our tasting notes on our blog.

 The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar door number 10 Samaroli Islay

And now for something completely different, from Samaroli at least: 2006 Islay 9yo at 43%. It's young and it's from Islay which can only mean one thing: peat!

On the nose there's peat! It's iodine; the smell when you walk past a butcher's shop on a summer's day; fish being smoked; the smell of the sea; a hint of TCP and rubber.

On the palate it's fairly subdued given the nose, with a sweet, medicinal flavour and lots of oak and citrus. Prickly, peppery spices come through with perhaps even chilli eventually getting a look-in..

The finish is where the peat has been hiding. There's a big, medicinal flavour with cloves and honey and some herbal notes. A hint of burnt wood comes in at the end.

With water the nose becomes gentler, as does the palate and finish. Probably best to drink without adding water.

A feisty, peaty dram to warm the cockles.