Cask No. 66.90


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Cask No. 66.90        

Steam train through a pharmacy

Highland, Eastern

The nose delivered an immediate, unmistakable blast of vanilla smoke – then cigar ash, walnut shells, polished wood pharmacy counters – eventually pine forest freshness. To taste, the smoke had a more tarry character (the taste left after working with bitumen roofing sheets), Buckley’s Mixture and eucalyptus – the balancing sweetness reminded us of aniseed-flavoured Liquorice Allsorts and blackjack chews (liquorice, blackcurrant). The reduced nose had cleaner, more clinical smoke, causing one panellist to recall a journey on the Jacobite steam train (wood, leather, smoke, heather, pine). The palate now flooded our mouths with sweet, succulent easy-drinking joy – restrained hickory smoke and blackcurrant Tunes.

Drinking tip: To make the last hour of the day (before bed) into something special

Colour: Unripe barley
Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 12 years
Date distilled: March 2004
Alcohol: 58.5%
USA allocation: 84 bottles