I didn’t ever try the first Yula. That came out at around the same time as the Arran smugglers trilogy started, I think, and I was kind of having collectable trilogy fatigue at that point so I didn’t seek it out. Which is a shame as I’m sure it was very good. Anyway, I was lucky enough to get a sample of Yula II from the good people at Douglas Laing and here it is.
By the way, the reason I’ve not been posting much apart from the “outturns” is not because I’ve stopped writing notes, or indeed stopped enjoying whisky (quite the opposite) but that I’m struggling to find the time and energy to stick it on the blog! Bit of a backlog of notes in my OneNote so I’ll try and get them out.
Nose - Deep. Tobacco, candle wax, charred apples and the burnt butter smell of pancake batter hitting a hot pan, men's perfume and lamb fat. There's refreshers on inhale, granite on exhale. More refreshers with water, and avocado (that's a first - checks - no it’s not it was in the January SMWS outturn!.
Body - Spicily peated, warmly sherried and nicely fruity, this coats the mouth with fats and lightly numbs with chalk and lemon. Delicious and well balanced, but quite obvious.
Finish - Long with fruit and tobacco centre stage, chewed aspirin backstage and grapefruit zests somewhere else.
An extremely drinkable whisky, well structured, with fruits and tannins galore, but not too complicated. Crushable.