A classical highland style malt we thought, initially lots of canvass, putty and a fruity edge of pineapple in syrup with fruit salad chunks. Also some subtle notes of juniper, orange cordial and tangerine were noted. Playfully fruity we thought. With reduction it became more robust and bready with notes of soda bread, rapeseed oil and nettle tea. A very entertaining development. The neat palate opened with heather honey and old school shilling ales. Then a soft, herbal waxiness with orange cocktail bitters. Water softened everything and brought a wonderfully elegant complexity with soft notes of lemon cordial, rose water and dried tarragon.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 13 years Date distilled: February 2008 Alcohol: 54.9% USA allocation: 252 bottles