Lightly peated

Cask No. 4.223                         

Angels' delight

Highland, Island

Twenty years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, followed by a first-fill Pedro Ximenez cask resulted in a nose of heather moor-burn and burnt sticks, with toffee, caramel and meringue sweetness, dulce sherry and toasted macaroons. The palate is a classic combination of subtle smoke and burnt leaves with rich honey, dark chocolate, sweet sherry and muscovado; dry oaky tannins and spices tingle the mouth. The reduced nose has spun sugar, vanilla and prunes, bonfire embers and enough warehouse aromas to delight a host of angels. The palate now has chocolate raisins and syrup sponge, with a blanket-stitch of smoke all around the tongue.

Drinking tip: Essential part of the course for trainee distillery angels

Colour: Rich gold
Cask: First-fill Spanish oak Pedro Ximenez hogshead
Age: 20 years
Date distilled: November 1995
Alcohol: 52.1%
USA allocation: 96 bottles

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