2013 Staoisha (Heavily Peated Bunnahabhain) 3 Year Old "John Milroy - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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An astonishing whisky in so many ways. We've tasted young peaty whisky many times and while it can sometimes be delicious (I'm thinking Kilchoman here), it's typically much more neutered and spirity than you'd expect. The peatiness can take many years to really poke through especially when you've got high proof and powerful malt to hide behind. This goofy whisky, however, is exactly the opposite. It's a true peat bomb even at this young age. But that's not all, the dense ashy smoke is tamed by robust sweet malt and some hints of salty fruit. This is an impressive whisky by any account and while it will by no means be in anyone's top 5, I'll challenge anyone to name a more interesting and drinkable cask strength peater under $35 that's even half as good. I'm not sure what they're doing over there at the bay north of Port Askaig, but there's definitely something amazing happening there. We can only pray that we'll continue to see such affordable and delicious whiskies coming out of Scotland in the future.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2018 | Send Email
When I first saw this, I just couldn't believe that ANYONE would be so audacious as to be selling 3 year old single malt for $60 retail. Yes we've tasted great ultra young single malt before, but it's usually at least 5-6 years old. Even if the spirit off the still is enjoyable and drinkable it doesn't provide the depth and complexity of an aged malt and shouldn't be considered in the same category. Needless to say I ignored this special whisky at the proposed price point. Fast forward several months and multiple rounds of negotiating, I finally bothered opening the sample I'd received. I know that seems bullheaded, but sometimes if it doesn't work on paper there's almost no way to make it work in the glass. I realized how dumb I'd been as I sucked the last drops from the small vial they'd sent. Now this is by no means at slam dunk at $60, but it is wonderful heavily peated absolutely drinkable Islay Single Malt that I could have easily made a case for on multiple fronts. It's not the grappa-like spirit we see in young Taliskers or Caol Ila at this age. It's surprisingly fleshed out and robust, but with tons of sweet malt and salty fruit to balance the intense smoldering well defined peat. The nose continues with crispy bacon, snappy clean smoke and the most subtle impression of salted kippers being opened across the table from you. Textured, oily, and bold on the palate with a long finish that's really gripping. Ultimately my stubbornness paid off considering we're able to offer this cool little whisky for an astounding price, but I only wish we'd been able to secure more than 20 cases. Notwithstanding our incredible price on Laphroaig 10 year, this is easily the most exciting peated whisky under $40 in the store period.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2018 | Send Email
This scotch packs a huge punch of flavor despite the age statement. Very vibrant with a touch of wood spice, honey, and licorice. The smoke is "fresh;" it reminds me of when kindling initially catches fire. You won't find anything more interesting at this price.

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Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland