When Dr Patrick B, swiss chocolate loving, Brora book writing, mad scientist and all around malt maniac buys a cask you take notice. Time to get serious!
N: Flinty, chalky rock. Coal and tar Ashes. Autumnal earth. Leaves kicked underfoot in a wet forest. Needles, grasses, heartwood and bark. Cracked black pepper, cardamom and fennel seed. Roasted chestnuts...you get the idea. With water the fruits appear. Candied oranges. Mango and vanilla ice cream. Kelp and seaweed are present now. Coastal barley fields and salty air.
P: This baby is oily and fat. A decent fermentation that week! Very impressive entry. No hot burn just oily and smooth with some spicyness. It sits down in the mid palate and sings. Old Campari and Amaros very herbaceous and bitter. Arpeggios of fruits play in the background never overstepping their role and allowing the barley to take centre stage. Those who like fruity, sweet or easy going whiskies won’t understand this one. Its a negroni lovers malt. Bravo Patrick.