Created in 2008 by London’s Elixir Distillers, Elements of Islay aims to celebrate the best of Islay whisky, the most important of which, they say, is peat! These independent bottlings boast laboratory-style bottles adorned with periodic table inspired labelling, where each distillery has its own element symbol. This pays homage to the ‘elemental’ character possessed by Islay malt whiskies. The bottle used is even called a ‘pharmacy’, though apparently that was completely coincidental.
Nose: Fresh, sprightly barley entwined with peat smoke and bonfire embers. Bracing aromas of salty seaweed and seashells. Plenty of clean fruit – lemon, lime and grapefruit, while hiding underneath are notes of rich earth and liquorice.
Palate: Warm and leathery with thick-cut bacon, seashore campfires and roasted fruit: sweet apple and lime with a sprinkle of caster sugar. Layers of smoke and dark-chocolate limes envelope the palate and are intertwined with softer lemon oil and barbecue sauce, with hints of roasted spices and barrel char, complementing the peat and smoke.
Finish: Sea spray and baked apple fade leaving heavier smoke, truffle salt and sweet spice.