"Primarily a blending malt, this distillery was founded by a
farmer named Mackenzie in 1851 whose wife took over the role of
distiller after his death in 1865. This example is a rich, deep colour
for a hogshead, and we suspected it may be made from European oak. The
initial nose reflects this, with rubber bands, sherry and thin orange
oil initially, along with a dry woodiness. Careful though, it's a
little sharp at this stage. To taste there is a dry, clay flavour.
With water added it softens on the nose and a perfumed element comes up,
like scented candlewax. The finish remains dry and short."