1 of only 262 bottles from cask 5345
We have been asked not to name this single malt, but as soon as you smell and taste it you will think ‘Kildalton’: it is big and smoky, but manages to remain well-balanced and ‘polite’. It comes from a hogshead, and has a good amber colour, with a weathered copper tint and green lights. The immedieate scents are footbaths, Germoline, Elastoplast and Wright’s Coal Tar Soap – clean, fresh and breezy. Later a trace of moss and mushrooms was detected. The flavour at this stage was acidic, with cigar ash. Water shifts the aroma slightly towards new plastic buckets, with dentists’ mouthwash and eucalyptus leaves. Surprisingly little smoke – until you taste it, when wham! After an unexpectedly sweet and full-bodied start, with a soapy mouth-feel and a shake of salt, come charcoal sticks in the long finish. Bags of character, but with a measure of sophistication.