No holds barred Campbeltown muscle on display here. We found bandages, plasters and gauze from a swimming pool, mercurochrome, burned pencils, sheep wool, olive juices, pickled onions, herbal cough medicines and smoky bacon frazzles with hot creosote and oily toolbox rags. Reduction gave us warming vapour rums, spiced game meats, pure smoked barley grist, fermenting wort and caramelised bananas. An estery funk edge emerged with ham hock terrine and mustard powder. The mouth was immediately dense and full of silage, fruit pickles, apple wood smoke, new leather, oily tweed, smoked pecans and mechanical trawler smoke fug. With water we got creamy cereals, smoked vanilla, Bloody Mary spices, hessian, cooking oils cut with malt vinegar, carbon paper and squid ink. Typically bonkers and brilliant stuff from this still underrated gem of a distillery.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 7 years Date distilled: February 2012 Alcohol: 59.7% USA allocation: 90 bottles