The 2020 edition of the Feis ile edition was virtual too and I hope it will change rapidly! Here are two bottlings released for this particular event, let’s listen to some Jazz music and review those drams!
Port Charlotte 16yo 2003-2020 “Feis Ile 2020” (55.8%, OB, 3000 bottles)
Colour: Deep gold.
Nose: Coastal peat, earthy notes, brine, iodine, lemon notes, aromatic herbs and BBQ smoke on the beach!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is good and the texture is pretty oily. Earthy and dusty notes at first and rapidly overwhelms by some farmy peat notes. Then the intensity of those flavours decreases a bit letting a wave of brine notes, iodine and wood smoke appears with some hints of lemon peels in the background.
Finish: Long. Wood smoke, spices, white pepper and cold ashes.
Those coastal notes at the end of the mouth are so nice!
The finish is way less complex than the nose and the mouth. Well done port Charlotte, a very nice bottling for a very special event!
Lagavulin 20yo 2020 “Feis Ile 2020” (54.0%, OB, Refill & PX/Oloroso treated Hogsheads, 6000 bottles)
Colour: Deep gold with darker hues.
Nose: The integration is perfect and there are no alcohol notes. Let’s stick our nose inside this glass! Oh lemons! Plums, vanilla, aerial peat, eucalyptus freshness, anise star and licorice. And lemons!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is very thick and oily coating slowly your gums. It’s quite a dry profile. Mineral notes, lemon peels, candied lemon zest, candied orange, hints of pineapples, campfire smoke, barbecue smoke and white pepper. What a burst of flavours perfectly integrated, that’s very nice and balanced with those dry and mineral notes!
Finish: Long. Pinewood freshness, cold ashes, wood smoke, candied lemons and delicate aerial peat. It’s rounder than the mouth and still perfectly balanced.
What a trip! This one is just stunning. I wasn’t expecting this kind of mineral and dry side with this Lagavulin but to be honest it is just magnificent. It’s highly quaffable by the way so pay attention!
Those are some very good drams. Kudos to those distilleries releasing some stunning bottlings for those particular events!