Guess: 45%. Refill hogshead. 18 years. Highland Park.
Thoughts: I’ve had this kind of exotic/greasy combo before and really enjoyed it, just as I enjoyed this one. It’s got the idiosyncrasies of a single cask, without the finesse of blending, and that said the alcohol is either low or extremely well integrated, so I go with 45%. I go with refill hogshead simply because I’ve had similar profiles from that type of cask. Lastly highland park because its got a bit of smoke but not much. It could very well be many distilleries though. Again; these are just guesses, watch it be a 3 year old first fill. Ha! It’s all good. Its always nice to be humbled in the scotch game. Thanks to my friend for the sample
Nose: (87) Limes, clementine, ash, sourdough, green apple, kiwi, dragon fruit, gauze, a little grease even. A bit sour and yeasty. A bit exotic, a bit weird, but I like it
Palate: (89) Mouthcoating, slightly waxy, tart, kiwi, dragon fruit, apple, hints of lychee. Maybe slightly chalky? Satisfying, not as incongruous as the nose implied.
Finish: (88) Sticks in your mouth awhile. Chewy, fresh, salty sweet, wispy smoke. Saltiness pleasantly builds in the finish.