Cask No. 29.273The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Vaults Collection
Cask No. 29.273
Do not go gentle into that good night
Please limit one (1) bottle per member
A stunning nose greeted us, full of elegant and subtle aromas of newspaper ink, smoked sea salt, seaweed broth, umami paste, green olives, white pepper and passionflower. Further wee touches of lemon peel, Earl Grey tea, lighter fluid, fennel seed and rosewater. Elegant, classical and totally gorgeous. A little water revealed petrol, dried wildflowers, smoked citrus fruits, canvass, sardines in olive oil, sourdough starter, root beer sweets, horseradish and a warming, peppery waxiness. In the mouth this one opened on crystallised fruits, pink grapefruit, smoked thyme, dried herbs, melon cordial, dried papaya, toasted sunflower seeds, smoked olive oil, fragrant peat smoke and herbal-infused medicines. Reduction brought seawater, black pepper, wafts of pure kiln smoke, anthracite embers, grilled scallops with lemon juice, squid ink, sandalwood and Marmite on brown bread. A remarkable whisky, reminiscent of old times for this great distillery and well-suited to midnight rumination.
Cask: Second-fill barrel
Age: 25 years
Date distilled: April 1995
USA allocation: 54 bottles
About The Vaults Collection:
The Vaults Collection is a selection of the finest and rarest single cask, single malt whisky, set aside from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s most remarkable stocks over the years. They have been released from the depths of our treasure trove of casks, after decades of slow maturation and careful nurturing. The Vaults Collection represents the whisky lover’s dream: A chance to journey back into whisky history, including the opportunity to experience styles or distilleries that no longer exist. The Collection takes its name from the Society’s historical home at The Vaults in Leith, Scotland’s oldest commercial building in continuous use whose connection with the drinks world dates back to the 12th century. Each bottle has a specially designed label and is offered in a beautiful wooden box.