Cask No. 18.54

A thinking dram

$175

1 Left

  • Flavour Profile:
    Oily & Coastal
  • Age:
    15 years
  • Region:
    Speyside, Spey
  • Cask:
    First-fill Spanish oak Oloroso Hogshead
  • ABV:
    59.4%
  • VOL:
    700mL

Notes

For us it was not love at first sight, or should we say sniff? – but it's worth getting to know better. Briny, smoky aromas arrived next to rubber on hot asphalt, as well as a strong Assam tea – this was spicy and malty. On the palate some found it slightly dirty, dry and yeasty, but with impressions of dark chocolate shavings, a coffee cake and a chilli spice. With water one Panellist cleaned the vinyl seat of a Trabant (a classic East German car) before we drove around the island of Madeira. We then visited the farmers' market in Funchal and had a glass of dry sercial madeira wine. Following 12 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky into a first fill Spanish oak oloroso hogshead.

USA allocation: 90 bottles
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