Tasting Nots by Adelphi;
1 of only 621 bottles from cask no. 1125
Bottled from a refill sherry puncheon with a pale amber hue, and dull khaki lights. Straight away, sweet highland toffee – a thick and creamy nose that develops with Caboc (highland cheese rolled in toasted oatmeal), and traces of butterscotch and chocolate malt. On the nose, the smoke is apparent, but never overpowering. Surprisingly sweet to taste as well, and now very smoky, with hints of warm railway sleepers; lingering creosote smokiness. Water makes it more mineralic; bath salts, and a trace of carbolic soap. The McCowan’s highland toffee returns in the finish, now swathed in hessian sacks.