August stubble and sea breezes
Built in 1826 on the south side of the river in the town of
Wick this is the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland.
This pale gold dram is from a barrel. The initial aromas are estery and
floral; lime pickle, sunflower seeds and hay (dusty August stubble).
There is also a briny note and some oiliness. With water it is like acid
drops and a bag of salted nuts. The flavour is honey sweet but also hot
and drying like a salt sea breeze (dryness is a characteristic of this
make which is sometimes called the Manzanilla of the North). A nicely
balanced dram with a good body.