Bottle selected by world-renowned Scottish whisky expert and writer Charlie MacLean*
The colour of amontillado sherry, the first impression on the nose is of coated cardboard, new carpets, woollen mill (slightly industrial, oily, with lanolin) – nose-drying in effect. A drop of water softens the nose and raises buttery toffee (butterscotch, Werther’s Originals), but the aroma is still shy and reserved. The texture and taste are revelations! Full-bodied and oily; and sweeter and more complex than expected, with dark toffee, pecan nuts and a trace of sea salt in the long, spicy finish. After 15 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky into a 1st fill Sauternes hogshead.
Cask: First-fill Sauternes hogshead Age: 16 years Date distilled: March 2001 Alcohol: 53.7% USA allocation: 90 bottles
*Charles MacLean is a whisky educator, lecturer, and writer who has published ten books on the subject of Scotch whisky. He has been with the Society since its outset in the early 80's, becoming chair of our tasting panel in 1992. To read more, on Charlie, click here.