April Hidden Gems from Linh Do


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  • Flavour Profile:
    Young & Spritely, Oily & Coastal, Spicy & Sweet
  • Age:
    16 years, 9 years, 14 years
  • Region:
    Highland, Highland, Speyside
  • Cask:
    First-fill Oloroso barrique STR, First-fill barrel, Second-fill Sauternes barrique
  • ABV:
    57.4%, 60.4%, 57.7%
  • VOL:
    700mL, 700mL, 700mL


Spring has finally sprung!  A lot has happened in April.  An earthquake shocked New York and caused these industrious worker bees to stop working for 4 minutes!  Personally, for me, as a Californian who experiences plate tectonics shifting from time to time, I always initially think, “Oh my gosh. I hope my whisky bottles don’t fall off the shelf and shatter,” before I worry about my safety.   At any rate, the sun is finally peeking out, flowers are in full bloom, and I’m pumped to drink!  I’m excited to share a selection of hidden gems with you! 

Cask No. 4.303 A Nocturne Sipper is a fabulous 16-year-old whisky that is garnished with heather smoke and black peppercorn spices.   The first 14 years of its maturation is aged in a bourbon hogshead, which delivers notes of caramel and stewed oranges. This adds a wonderful, textural element on the palate, giving a viscous touch to the tongue.   Burnt sugar lingers whilst top notes of prosciutto lying on a bed of charcuterie goodness adds a savoury element to counteract the sweetness.   One can detect the influence of the first-fill, Oloroso STR cask as well.  Dark cherries and dark chocolate emerge when the whisky settles in the glass.  There’s also a touch of goat cheese here to create dimension, interest and intrigue to this dram.  This is an exceptional whisky worth exploring.

Cask No. 28.84 Let’s Get It Started is a festive whisky that initially captures carnival -like treats in a glass!  Notes of candied apples and vanilla dance on the tongue, whilst crushed almonds covered in toffee offer a confectionary dream on the tastebuds! The influence of the first-fill, ex-bourbon cask offers characteristics of toasted coconut, key lime pie and butter drizzled on honey graham crackers.   Hints of chai tea envelope the palate and leaves traces of oak and Opéra cake on the finish.   With water, a dash of pepper and pomelo enraptures this dram and adds zest on the tongue.  This is truly a fun 9-year-old dram!

Cask No 85.79 Balanced and Textured is a remarkable whisky that’s aged in a 1st-fill, ex-bourbon cask for 12 years before being transferred to a 2nd-fill, sauternes cask for 2 years.  A candy shop explosion of milk chocolate coats the tongue whilst top notes of almond skins and turmeric offer layers and depth to this spirit. Overtones of golden raisins and honeyed graham crackers hit the nasal cavity, adding a delightful aroma to this whisky.  This expression continues to develop and unravel like Ravel’s Boléro.  Once oxygen is introduced to this bottle, it moves in a cyclical manner by offering notes of peach flambé drizzled in honey.  It then shifts into toasted cashews and vanilla Chantilly cream, only to return to peach flambé.  This is truly a fun whisky to explore.

If ordered separately: Cask No. 4.303 = $250; Cask No. 28.84 = $115; Cask No. 85.79 = $155.


Cask No. 4.303 - A nocturne sipper 
Date distilled: January 2005
Cask: First-fill Oloroso barrique, shaved/toasted/re-charred
Age: 16 years
Alcohol: 57.4%
Region: Highland Island
700mL bottle format

Cask No. 28.84 - Let’s get it started
Date distilled: May 2012
Cask: First-fill barrel
Age: 9 years
Alcohol: 60.4%
Region: Highland Southern
700mL bottle format


Cask No. 85.79 - Balanced and textured
Date distilled: December 2007
Cask: Second-fill Sauternes barrique
Age: 14 years
Alcohol: 57.7%
Region: Speyside Lossie
700mL bottle format