Rock Oyster 18 YO
Rock Oyster 18 YO, 46.8 %
Here is the official blurb from Douglas Laing:
Rock Oyster 18 Years Old is a maritime marriage of Malts distilled on Arran, Islay, Jura and Orkney. Rich with flavours of the sea, Rock Oyster’s new limited edition delivers a blast of sea air, tobacco and sweet peat, brought to life on the packaging by a detailed illustration of a sailboat battling stormy seas off Scotland’s West Coast.
Nose: Cool and restrained. There's some fresh orchard fruits here, as well as notes of heather and dusty attics. A mild smokiness with elements of both chocolate and minerals forms the base. More oaky on the nose with time.
Taste: Medium body and less than medium sweetness. Wet driftwood smoking and sputtering on a beach. Salty sea spray in the air. Honey mixed with notes that are rather flinty and mineral.
Finish: Medium long finish. Chocolate smoke, honey and ice-cream. A slight bitter-ish touch and some oakiness. The fruitiness is gone now.
Comments: A solid dram, that represents the island region in a fine way. I do feel that the mineral notes I associate with Jura take a bit too much room in the blend.
Sláinte! - Thomas