Cask No. 44.112  

Spellbinding shortbread

Speyside, Spey

Plenty going on from the word go - candlewax, balsamic vinegar, honeycomb, figs, and plums made this a real nosing dram neat. On the palate rum soaked cherries, salted dark bitter chocolate next to sweet barbequed ribs and raspberry plum jam and to spice things up a little - Indonesian long pepper. When we added water teriyaki sauce appeared and then creamy mushroom gravy made with plenty of Marsala wine. To taste now honey-caramelised pears and long pepper and vanilla bean shortbread cookies. After thirteen years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a heavy charred new oak hogshead.

Cask: New oak hogshead, heavy char #4+
Age: 15 years
Date distilled: June 2003
Alcohol: 59.9%
USA allocation: 60 bottles

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