Elements of Islay Bw1 (distilled at Bowmore), 52.9%

Price: $85 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Though the color suggests good cask activity, the initial approach shows a dram that seems slightly unfocused and youthful. There are some kernel-like cereal elements and very little smokiness, with touches of salt and oil. The feeling is that it's only starting to blossom — and there is a floral element — and has been bottled too early. It's all very focused, lifted, and aromatic, but when compared to the Adelphi you can't help but wonder whether the same distillery is involved.