Orkney Malt 13 yo 2007 (48%, Single Malts of Scotland ‘Reserve Casks’ 2020, Parcel No.4, 3 sherry butts)
Nose: plenty of plummy notes, dried figs, hints of strawberry jam as well as overripe banana and hints of gingerbread with honey. Hints of vanilla pastry. Not as sticky sweet as I expected, there’s a nicely dry, rancio side as well. Leafy notes, old ropes, damp tobacco. A lovely profile.
Mouth: the drier kind again. Old leather, dark chocolate, some beefy notes, five spice and liquorice. Plenty of umami elements, with black fruits and strawberry ganache playing the second violin. Spiced tea. Cinnamon powder. Some herbal drops. Not much peat.
Finish: long, earthy and chocolatey, with herbs.
Great stuff, rather old-school, probably characterised by European oak. It may have been stellar at cask strength, but it’s balanced and drinkable as it is. Warmly recommended, don’t hesitate if you find a bottle.