Cask No. 4.343

Analytical Allure


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  • Flavour Profile:
    Lightly Peated
  • Age:
    31 years
  • Region:
    Highland, Island
  • Cask:
    Second-fill Madeira hogshead
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The Vaults Collection

Cask No. 4.343

Analytical Allure

Highland, Island

The scent we found was that of a burnt, traditional Christmas cake and scorched raisins, as one Panellist even detected exhaust fumes from a tugboat. On the palate we all got madeira wine; however some tasted the dry sercial served with olives, roasted almonds and Kirsch salami, others the sweetest version, a malmsey with chocolate crumpets. Following reduction, the aroma turned sweeter and smoother, with malt extract, apple shisha and lightly burnt babka. To taste, an explosion of incense smoke preceded warming flavours of cinder toffee and pain au raisin. Following 24 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky into a second fill Madeira hogshead.

Cask: Second-fill Madeira hogshead
Age: 31 years
Date distilled: May 1991
Alcohol: 53.6%
USA allocation: 60 bottles

700mL bottle format

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.