The Six Isles 10 Years Old Petrus Gaia Finish (2003 / 2014) is basically a finished version of the classic The Six Isles, albeit with an older age and a higher strength. The casks used for finishing stem from the Pertus Gaia vineyard in Bordeaux.
My special thanks goes to Michael S., who was so kind to provide me with this generous sample.
|Name:||The Six Isles 10 Years Old Petrus Gaia Finish ( 2003 / 2014)|
|Age:||10 Years Old|
|Category:||Blended Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask Type:||finished in wine casks|
|Cask No.:||90358 + 90359|
|Number of bottles:||722|
Light smoke with medicinal touches of iodine and muslin bandage rolls. Accompanied by salty bacon in vinegar sauce. Hints of finely chopped herbs, heather and fruity red wine in the background. Altogether rather light and subtle, but very well arranged.
Strong entry to the palate with not so subtle smoke anymore. In fact, the smoke is pretty strong now, with earth and ash mixed in as well. Yet very well balanced by a soft and sweet wine. Candied oranges and pink grapefruits. A touch of ginger for a bit of added kick.
Surprisingly long. Again a very good balance between smokiness and sweetness, with hints of pepper, ginger and bitter grapefruits.
Superb! The strong smokiness on the one side and the soft sweetness on the other side go well along with each other. Pretty much the best of both worlds.
Score: 90 / 100