Cask No. 26.156

Waxy Ruminations


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  • Flavour Profile:
    Old & Dignified
  • Age:
    30 years
  • Region:
    Highland, Northern
  • Cask:
    Second-fill barrel


The Vaults Collection

Cask No. 26.156

Waxy Ruminations

Highland, Northern

Wonderful aromas bounced between the honeyed complexity of dessert wine and a generous glass of viognier, abundant in peach, apricot and orange flavours. Then heavier notes of dried figs and almond cake made their way towards festive trifle and fresh watermelon. A particularly light mouthfeel danced over cashew nut oil and toasted oak before gently settling on pineapple sorbet and salted caramel chocolate. With water came lovely candle wax textures that coated Madeira cake, burnt toffee and dried prunes as maple syrup oozed over apples and orange peel. The complexity captivated our thoughts entirely as we now passed through tropical fruits with a sprinkle of salt and a liquorice stick to finish.

Cask: Second-fill barrel
Age: 30 years
Date distilled: May 1990
Alcohol: 51.4%
USA allocation: 48 bottles


About Cask 26.156 Waxy Ruminations:

Cask 26.156 'Waxy Ruminations' hails from one of the most sought-after sites in the Highlands. Its precious liquid is typically gobbled up by blenders to impart luscious texture to highly regarded blends. Every so often, a few casks escape this fate and are given the time to properly age and develop remarkable complexity. After 30 years in a second-fill ex-bourbon barrel, Cask 26.156 offers itself as a hallmark example of the textural richness and depth of character achieved through extensive aging. This cask is a must-have for any connoisseur of exceptional single malt!


About The Vaults Collection:

The Vaults Collection is a selection of the finest and rarest single cask, single malt whisky, set aside from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s most remarkable stocks over the years. They have been released from the depths of our treasure trove of casks, after decades of slow maturation and careful nurturing. The Vaults Collection represents the whisky lover’s dream: chance to journey back into whisky history, including the opportunity to experience styles or distilleries that no longer exist. The Collection takes its name from the Society’s historical home at The Vaults in Leith, Scotland’s oldest commercial building in continuous use whose connection with the drinks world dates back to the 12th century. Each bottle has a specially designed label and is offered in a beautiful wooden box.