1 of only 99 bottles from cask 7315
Founded in the late 1790’s, this distillery is situated, not in Blair Atholl (note the extra “l”), but some 25 miles south. This whole area around Pitlochry was once home to over 30 distilleries. Sadly only 3 are still in production. This extremely rare 30 year old American oak hogshead has produced only 99 bottles. 24 carat gold, it has a complex, but ever-changing nose. Initial old-fashioned furniture polish develops into dried apples, then roasted figs drizzled with honey. After another few minutes toasted almonds, pistachios and coconut join the mix. The addition of water brings a wonderful blackcurrant and elderflower nose (like a good Sancerre!). To taste, this is thick, waxy and oily with great texture and length. On the finish, more wax, dilute Ribena and Star Anise. An exceptional dram to contemplate long into the night.