From MALTS OF SCOTLAND UK
Images is a relatively new series. Images releases are usually bottled at 53,2% but this time it’s kept at cask strength, a whopping 68,3%.
Nose: Aromatic, young, raisiny with some sherry. Pretty fierce at first, even with some water, but nice. Raisins, candied apple, oranges, raspberry and a few winey / rummy undertones. Fresh red plums. Pecan nuts and hints of tobacco in the background.
Palate: Sweet and highly oak-driven. Juicy fruits but also loads of spices - pepper, vanilla, clove. Kirsch and marinated raisins. Underneath seems to be a heavy, slightly meaty spirit. Mexican chocolate and toffee. Dry tannins as well.
Finish: Long, with chocolate, raisins and a spicy heat.
The distilleries aren’t mentioned on the label because most casks were intended for the blending industry. However each bottle bears a characteristic image of the production region and this is sometimes enough to narrow down the possibilities.
Ayrshire doesn’t have a lot of active distilleries and the link with Ailsa Bay was easily made. It’s a recent distillery, owned by William Grant, operational since September 2007 and housed within the Girvan site. The distillery produces unpeated, mildly peated and heavily peated whisky, all used for blending. This Images of Ayrshire may well be the first single malt release from Ailsa Bay!http://www.maltsofscotlanduk.com/#!images-whisky-range/c1nn4