Douglas Laing's Rock Island is a blend of whiskies from various Scottish Islands, including Islay, Arran, Orkney, and Jura. It has been bottled at 46.8% ABV and without coloring or chill-filtration.
If you think this sounds all a bit familiar, it was previously named Rock Oyster but the name was changed because of an issue concerning oysters (it turns out that many people dislike them). The great maritime whisky is still here though!
NOSE:Wind-swept beaches, coastal peat, and a hint of ash complimented by touches of green fruit.
PALATE:Yet more sea breeze, with oat cake crumbs, growing spicy notes of cracked black pepper, and a deft whiff of peat smoke. Hints of vanilla here and there.
FINISH: Salinity lasts on the finish along with peppery warmth.