1 of only 278 bottles from cask 5347
You have seven distilleries to choose from, but we are sworn to secrecy… The bottling comes from a refill hogshead and the colour is pale gold, with greenish lights. We were transported immediately to the back-streets of Arbroath, where the smokies are made in small sheds. A scent of smouldering green sticks or, we are assured, ‘Skillingaryd Salva’ (a kind of Scandinavian hand cream), and later a trace of vinegar and smoked cheese. Water introduces banks of rotting kelp, tennis balls and blistered boat varnish on a warm day. Appetising? The taste is surprisingly sweet, with a big, full-bodied and unctuous texture, some salt and clouds of smoke. A truly massive flavour, with a long finish and lingering bonfires. Magnificent!