At 17 years of age, we combined selected casks from this distillery. We then returned that single malt into a variety of casks to develop further and this is one of those casks. Typical of the make, the nose took us from a heathery hillside picnic of cinnamon flapjacks, toasted marshmallows and lemon-flavoured jellybeans, to a dry dock with wooden boats, salt-encrusted sails and sacks of whelks. The palate was beautifully mouth-coating and punchy – a fabulous finesse of treacly sweetness and smoke – seaweed and grilled prawn shells, muscovado sugar and Manuka honey and hard wood shavings. The reduced nose found honey-glazed prawns sizzling over a driftwood beach bonfire, poached pears, perfumed cigarettes and a camomile lawn. On the palate – cigar butts, turbinado sugar and smoked fish – invigorating, uplifting and life-affirming.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 20 years Date distilled: September 2000 Alcohol: 56.2% USA allocation: 120 bottles