Bottle selected by world-renowned Scottish whisky expert and writer Charlie MacLean*
At the start, the nose delivers orange fondant, orange coconut ice, apricot Danish and roasted peaches – gradually a floral note emerges – maybe a flower vase on a watchmaker’s workbench. The palate has a delightful soft, viscous texture and flavours of golden syrup, sweet coconut cream and pink wafers – so warming it’s almost salty – like angels’ tears. With water the nose finds chocolate tea cakes and sweetie tobacco. The palate is pure expanding joy – filling the mouth with warm spice and sweetness – spiced plum crumble, cinnamon gum, hot cross buns and Oddfellows sweets – a nippy tease tantalises the finish.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 15 years Date distilled: June 2002 Alcohol: 56.5% USA allocation: 90 bottles
*Charles MacLean is a whisky educator, lecturer, and writer who has published ten books on the subject of Scotch whisky. He has been with the Society since its outset in the early 80's, becoming chair of our tasting panel in 1992. To read more, on Charlie, click here.