By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2011 | Send Email
This is a difficult whisky for some to understand, but it is certainly one of the finest young malts being produced in the US. The Spirits Journal has rated the 85 proof sister cask of our K&L Exclusive 4 out 5 stars(Dec 20th, Vol 20, Issue 4 No. 99), while Jim Murray has rated it 96 pts in the past. I'm convinced that if they tasted our exclusive cask strength version they'd be even more impressed. It is certainly not Laphroaig, but then again NOTHING is like Laphroaig. The barley is peated in Scotland and expertly distilled in Steve Mccarthy's small pot still. The peatiness is moderate, but can be coaxed out with a drop of water and some aeration in the glass. Hay, barnyard, and sweet malt are expressed on the nose, while the palate starts with a touch of peat and goes salty all the way back. IN my opinion the is one of the most DRINKABLE, young American Single Malts available at any price.