I have long been a fan of Bruichladdich whiskies, particularly those like the Black Art. When I saw Islay Waves, I jumped to add it to my collection.
Imagine my disappointment when, on first try, it is nothing like as deep and complex as the Black Art. Luckily, I did not leave it there. Over the past month I have been getting to know Islay Waves better.
Unlike the whiskies I usually stumble across, the complexities of Islay Waves are much more subtle than I am used to.
- Look: Very pale and light in colour
Nose: Hints of vanilla, mild traces of peat, caramel
- Taste: Here the peat comes through a bit more strongly, followed by a slightly smokey, salty and light caramel finish
The only mention of Waves from Bruichladdich website is this eulogy:
Links, Infinity, Waves and Peat bottlings are being phased out and will be no longer available by 1st June at the very latest.
Waves, a young version of Bruichladdich, was an accident. It started life destined exclusively for the Italian market, it was never intended as a strand alone bottling, and was ultimately incorporated in to the trilogy of bottlings along side Rocks (unpeated) and Peat (clearly peated) as a half-way house between the two.
Finally, I have recently discovered that the subtle smokiness is a great complement to apple pie, especially when the apples are soaked in the whisky before baking!