Glenisla 28yo (1977/2006) Signatory Vintage

Experiment Away

Today’s dram is one of the rarest to ever make it to my cabinet, one of two experiments of the Glen Keith distillery: a lightly peated whisky called Glenisla and a peaty beast named Craigduff. I believe the Whisky Exchange describes their attempt at finding a shortcut to a peated whisky best:
“Glenisla is an extremely rare, peated, experimental malt made at the Glen Keith distillery in the 1970s. The whisky was made using lightly peated malt and heavily-peated water that had been run through the still to concentrate its peatiness further before being added to the wash charge.
Safe to say the results did not satisfy the distillery owners of Chivas Brothers, they used the casks temporarily for their blends, never to repeat the experiment again. Somehow independent bottler Signatory Vintage managed to get their hands on a couple of barrels of both products. Here is to a truly unique whisky
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glenislaDescription: distilled in 1977, matured for 28 years in hogshead #19598 and distilled in 2006 by Signatory Vintage for their Cask Strength Collection at 48.6% ABV.

Nose: flowery, perfumed almost like a concoction of the essences of roses and buttercups. Layers of soft vanilla and delicate peat smoke. Something sweet in there as well: yellow apples, honey and mirabelles, all high sugary.

Mouth: very elegant and refined, drinks like a high-class cognac. Palate mainly consists of apples with a generous dash of white pepper. Some vanilla, heather and light oak tannins.

Finish: lingering on the smoke and slightly drying. White pepper in the tail.

The Verdict: I expected peat, but apart from the nose, there was little to no trace of it anywhere. But that didn’t make the experience any less interesting. It is a very smooth drinkable whisky.

Score: 85

Nose: 22

Taste: 22
Finish: 19 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house