1 of only 329 bottles from cask no. 5877
Another cracker in our series from undisclosed distilleries. This has seen 12 years in a 1st fill American oak, ex-bourbon hogshead and has taken on significant colour and sweetness. The initial nose is surprisingly sweet – maraschino cherries and cake mix, then the Islay influence begins to take over: tarry, faded creosote, smoked cheese, smoked sausage, and musty mushroom cellars. Again, sweet to taste but with a blast of smoke when you swallow, almost like drinking a sweet cigarette! With a wee drop of water the smoke becomes cleaner and fresher. This is a complex, rich whisky, but never ‘in-yer-face’ with a finish of “smoked coconut”.