Cask No. 1.279



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  • Flavour Profile:
    Deep Rich & Dried Fruits
  • Age:
    11 years
  • Region:
    Speyside, Spey
  • Cask:
    First-fill Spanish oak Oloroso hogshead
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Initial nosing suggested apples and pears poached in dry oloroso sherry, plus crushed digestive biscuits, marzipan and date syrup drizzled over a boozy slice of Christmas cake. We also found some spiced plums, pomegranate molasses and freshly brewed espresso. Water brought tinned peaches, cocoa powder, sticky dark fruits in armagnac, balsamic glaze and pickled walnuts, with a wee miso-style umami note to balance things out. The neat palate had a nicely drying, appetising tannic edge, with warming chilli heat, prickly dark fruits, hardwood resins and natural tar extracts, with salted liquorice and herbal toothpaste notes in the background. Reduction brought a wonderfully rich texture to the mouth, softer dark fruit flavours, more sweetness, pipe tobacco, green walnut wine and dark chocolate with sea salt. Matured for eight years in a bourbon hogshead, this was then transferred to a first fill Spanish oak oloroso hogshead.

USA allocation: 96 bottles