The bottle’s label states, “Distilled and Bottled by Alexander Macgavin Co. Ltd. Glasgow, Scotland“. After a little research on the web, I found that this whiskey is actually sourced from one of the big eight distilleries on Islay. Several blog postings I read guessed that Caol Ila was the supplier. If I had to speculate, I would say that this is low grade, maybe even very young Laphroaig.
File this under the “Islay scotch for beginners” department. This is not nearly as complex or peaty as other Islay whiskeys, but a very good introduction to someone that may have rejected a smokier scotch in the past. And at 80 proof, it isn’t going to overwhelm anyone with the alcohol aroma or taste.
Nose: You can smell the salt straight from the Atlantic.
Taste: A barley surge with hints of summer fruits.
Finish: Dry, with sweet hints of light spice.