In 1994 we bottled our first-ever - Vintage 1979. We adopted and developed Vintages as our standard expressions – no agestatements which was unique in the world of Scotch Whisky. In 1995 we laid down stock for a Vintage. It was the first of 21 Vintages that we launched from this distillery. The Vintage allowed us to have natural variations in our bottlings whilst all other distilleries maintained consistency of flavour. Knowing that 1st Fill sherry casks European Oak would dominate the spirit we used many refill sherry casks of both European and American wood sources. Delightful surprises emerged of which this is a supreme example. The refill Sherry hogshead has the great benefit of gently imbuing the spirit with some woodiness but the major contribution lies in the softening and enhancing of the fruity characteristics of the distillery spirit. I chose this one as being readily identifiable as being from this distillery whilst delivering both in aroma and taste a total harmony of fruits and light spices and, of course, being the very best in its class.
Appearance: Light golden
Bouquet: Honeyed digestive biscuit, ripe yellow fruits, and honeydew melon.
Palate: Soft on entry the intensity of flavour meets the palate and then fills the mid-palate where shapes into distinguishable fruity and light woody and biscuit flavours.
Finish: Fulfilling and rewarding exuding exalted excellence. Dangerously more-ish.