Tasting Notes by Adelphi;
1 of only 159 bottles from cask 1066
We are sworn to secrecy about which distillery this has come from, but it is a classic Highland, and has spent 22 years in an American barrel, giving it a pale polished mahogany colour, and large, pearl-like beads. As you would expect from American oak there are traces of coconut (’creamy coconut fudge’), and some planed oakwood; a waft of hair lacquer, and a fruity complex which included nectarines or cherries. With water, the wood-notes become more herbal/spicy – Garam Massala, allspice, white pepper – and also a ‘herbal shampoo’ scent. Later an intriguing scent of ‘fermenting fruit salad’ . The taste is reminiscent of tablet, with some coconut or whin flowers; dry overall, but not tannic; a long finish with chocolate in the aftertaste. It changes all the time and rewards study!