Spicy & dry

Cask No. 135.8  

Rugged and medicinal

Highland, Southern

An interesting nose – initial crème anglaise and milk ice-lollies develop into clean medicinal notes (cherry tunes, snuff, ‘snowdrops outside a hospital window’). The neat palate is not particularly sweet – rather oily, bitter and manly – tar, molasses, toasted fennel seeds, nutmeg and drying peat heat. Water brings some caramel sweetness to the nose – marrons glacés, cherry cake and banana split – but it still has embers and ash. The reduced palate finds ginger cake and peppery black bun, tarragon, liquorice and aniseed (especially on the finish) but achieves greater balance – sweeter, with fewer drying bitter notes. It leaves a pleasant, long-lasting impression.

Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 16 years
Date distilled: April 2002
Alcohol: 56.3%
USA allocation: 48 bottles

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