Celp Islay Spirit


Thanks to /u/nofansky for the the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

This is not whisky. It’s a Single Islay Spirit. Why? Because the bottler, The Ultimate Whisky Company, stuck a piece of kelp in the bottle with the whisky, giving it a lovely green tinge but also making it not technically whisky by the definition of the Scotch Whisky Association. I’ve heard that this is some pretty gnarly stuff, but my curiosity got the better of me so I swapped for a sample.

Aged 6 years. 55% ABV. No colourant added :p . 

Nose: Stinky. Brine. Medicinal peat. All those rotting smells when there’s a low tide on a sunny day. Sea weed. Pickled fish. Cleaning grit. Lots of green herbal notes. Lime candies.

Palate: Mineral peat. Brine. Shortbread. Dried fish. Seafood. Quite soft tasting actually, like a young Laphroaig, not half as bad as the nose.

Finish: Long. Mineral peat. A kind of rich sweet note that doesn’t fit in. The pickled fish and rotting maritime notes are back. Something quite unsettling and nauseating.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: No

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: No


Yeah, this lived up to it’s bad reputation, I’d actually choose to describe it as stinky. That said there were some pleasant young Laphroaig notes on the palate so it was not all bad, just a pity they had to go and chuck a piece of seaweed in there. In all I think this was intended to be purely a curiosity and it served that purpose.



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