When you say Marcel Kip you say good whisky. These two go together as if it were meant to be. Marcel founded The Barrel Baron and bottled and released his first bottle last week! I was sure I HAD to have this bottle, with only 132 bottles, one thing was clear, I had to be there on time. And that turned out to be the same afternoon all bottles were sold.
The label tells you exactly what you want and actually nothing ... because well, where does that whisky come from? The Speyside, we know that. The age is also known, 26 years old and the barrel type, a hogshead. But more is actually not known, yes the alcohol percentage, 50.2% ABV.
the color is bright chestnut brown and the whisky is nicely set on the glass. We know he is 26 years old, but I suspect it had another finish on a sherry cask, both because of the color and the smell. The scent is as Bowmore once described it beautifully, Dark and Intense. Influences of dried fruit, star anise, sherry, black currant, melon, peach, chocolate and so on.
The taste is also really in keeping with the smell, nice soft notes of sherry (certainly not a raisin bomb or anything), small pepper through it and a sharp edge of the alcohol which fits very well with this and is not in the way at all. And a nice fresh finish which will remain for a while.
Yes this makes me happy. beautiful mature whisky which is both sweet and spicy! Marcel, chapeau for selecting such a great barrel!
But then the question, from which distillery? When I opened the bottle I thought of a distillery and I still think that now (although it remains a guess of course) Benrinnes.
Till we meet again!