So to recap, this is made from their [Concerto] barley grown on the farm, malted [traditional floor maltings], mashed, brewed, distilled and bottled on site. Every part of the process is done ‘traditionally’, apart from the yeast component. At the moment, they use standard dried brewers yeast that comes from Solihull. This is a 5yo malt, all bourbon cask matured. Only very few [of their own] refill casks are used, but predominately it’s first-fill. Whereas the rest of their range carry a ppm of around 50, this has a lower ppm of 12-15.
N: Chalky, powdery, dusty oiliness, gentle spice, a little cowshed [Pittyvaich]. Really similar to the 2nd edition on the nose, [brought along by Nick for comparison]. Soon the fruits come out with lightly smoked vanillas.
T: Exquisite youth. Oily-dry, soft greenish notes, sugary with a little ham. Amazingly they manage to avoid that hyperactive, high resinousness that the majority of young, first-fill whiskies give off.
F: Clean yet rugged barley finish, a little salt on vanilla wafers and a narrow mouthfeel. The peat is ever present but always tickling away in the background.
C: This years release has produced a super clean, balanced and immaculate 5yo. The 7th release will be a 7yo and will incorporate 10% oloroso to widen the mouthfeel.
Scores a B-