Islay Malt 7 YO Cadenhead
This is a single malt from a single cask. The whisky was distilled at an undisclosed Kildalton distillery on Islay, which means it is from either Ardbeg, Laphroaig, or Lagavulin. This will be an ongoing product, as far as I know. This means that the ABV (and most likely the nose and taste) will vary from cask to cask. For instance, the bottle I tried has an ABV of 58,6 %, while the version currently available to buy directly from the Cadenhead shop online is at an ABV of 57,1 % (source).
You can buy the Islay Malt 7 YO Cadenhead online at GBP 58,5. It will launch shortly in Norway, and I expect it will appear in Sweden also.
Nose: Smoky, fresh and rich nose. Vanilla, leather, salt, red berries, cured bacon, and a light touch of perfume. Slightly grassy or green as well.
Taste: Full on and feisty! Rich mouthfeel. Sweet, spicy and salty. The peat is very much a big presence - slightly bitter or sour in character - but it works a charm.
Finish: Medium long finish. Smoky, spicy and now also herbal. The smokiness appears as ashes and dry wood smoke. Towards the end I also pick up some milk chocolate notes.
Comments: Alive and kicking!
Sláinte! - Thomas