Category: Speyside single malt whisky
Product of: United Kingdom
Distilled in 2007 and initially matured in first fill ex-bourbon barrels before being re-casked and finished for 24 months in former Sassicaia wine casks from Bolgheri. A limited release of 3500 bottles in April 2016.
Sampled on 13/04/2016
Clear, deep coppery amber.
Biscuity chamois leather, vanilla, vinous fruit, cinnamon and faint crystallised ginger. Pleasing herbal notes emerge with water.
Toasted sweet barley, vanilla, dry oak, new leather, praline chocolate and vinous orchard fruit with ginger and cinnamon spice. Faint saltiness and smoky notes emerge with water (which this malt takes well).
Port-like wine finish with lightly spiced oak.
This sub-10 year old malt does have some youthful exuberance but generous fruit, vanilla and sweet barley adds richness and balance to produce a perhaps somewhat brash but pleasing malt.
Closure: Natural cork stopper