In my current top 10 there are four whiskies that are less than nine years old which would indicate that often age is overstated and overrated. These are the four youthful but exceptional whiskies that fit into the response file titled "Oh my God!"
Caol Ila 8yo 1999 64.9% "Unpeated Style" Honeycomb, naartjie(tangerine), almonds, a hint of bourbon, malted barley dripping with honey and jasmine. Butterscotch eventually develops. The palate is molten honey with white chocolate and chilli on the finish lingering as a sauvignon blanc on the tongue. Water brings out the vanilla and the perfumed barley, while the tongue is coated with vanilla pods dipped in honeycomb, this intense sweetness challenged by the chilli, now slightly tempered with the dry wine lasting through the finish. Exquisite. 94
Bowmore 8yo 2002 46.2% Whiskies of Scotland. Medicinal, elastoplast, rubber, hint of bourbon, smoked barley and new paint. The palate is explosively sweet and tarry. Wow! Water opens as a typical Bowmore with perfumed notes mixed with the smoked barley. This is a beautiful and deliciously sweet dram despite its youth and the odd rubbery note. With time sweet spirited youth is evident as the palate is now double honey, double charred tar, double Wow! 94
Bruichladdich Octomore Edition 02.1 5yo 62.5%. TCP, vanilla, salty seaweed, tar, oil rag and new paint. Chewing this dram for a few seconds before swallowing releases vanilla then a fizzy concoction of tar, burning peat embers and smoked seaweed. Water dampens the phenols but accentuates the sweetest vanillas with a long finish of sweetly smoking rubber. This is truly, as the world's most peated whisky at 140ppm, the "velvet glove round an iron fist". 95
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC7 7yo 61%. Initially a gentle balance of vanilla and peat with a hint of new rubber. The palate is so sublime, a thick coating of vanilla, citrus and caramel then a huge punch of molten salty seaweed and peat smoke that just refuses to budge...Oh My God!!! Water just emphasises the extraordinary balance of syrupy sweet vanillas and Islay smoke. PHENOMENAL! The best of the PCs...by far. 96