Eades “Double Malt” Islay (Second Edition), 46%

Price: $70.00 Issue: Fall 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

A marriage of two whiskies: 30% 18 year old Caol Ila finished in Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes casks and 70% 10 year old Bowmore finished in Grenache wine casks. A honeyed, sultana sweetness (from the d'Yquem?) nicely tames the rooty smoke, iodine, seaweed, brine, pepper, and subtle Spanish olive. Bramble and berried fruit (from the Grenache?) add another layer and dimension. A very dynamic whisky, worthy of exploring and debating how well all these flavors integrate with each other.