In celebration of the Highland Whisky Festival 2021
On the nose came a complex array of ripe apples and calvados with dark earthy notes of truffles, mushrooms and Madeira wine. Cloves, tarragon and sage pointed towards sticky cough syrup with baked oranges and coconut muffins providing sweetness. The palate was bound by sweet notes as a big explosion of toffee, fudge and strawberries powered towards cinnamon, nutmeg and plenty of ginger. Even more medicinal with water, we were now treated to fennel seeds, maple syrup and red liquorice reminiscent of a long-forgotten cough syrup. Textures coated the mouth like sticky sherry infused with juniper berries, rosemary and coriander seeds before nutmeg and menthol tobacco framed the finish. After spending ten years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a first fill barrique for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: First-fill barrique, shaved/toasted/re-charred Age: 12 years Date distilled: December 2007 Alcohol: 57.0% USA allocation: 90 bottles