Review: Smoking Ember “Pure Malt”
Smoking Ember, 40 %, $40
(A blend of malt whiskies). Big and smoky, but with a rich, balancing, malty underbelly. Tarry rope, leafy bonfire, rooty peat, burnt licorice, smoked seaweed, coal ash, and vanilla-tinged malt, all with emerging brine, subtle Spanish olive and a hint of ginger. A robust, yet well-rounded, Islay-style whisky with a pleasing oily texture. I do wish it had a higher strength for a little more attitude, though.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 83