15 year old Island 56.3 % vol
This is the fifth cask from our secret cellar of rare island malt. The liquid has a deep, faerie gold colour and strong beading. The nose is smoky and very peppery, yet the nose-feel effect is cooling. The overall effect is clean and fresh, like dentists’ mouthwash, bringing to mind wind-swept dunes and sea-wrack strewn beaches.
BRONZE MEDAL MALT MANIACS 2008.
26 year old Islay 55.8 % vol
Another splendid old Caol Ila from Port Askaig. It comes from a refill hogshead and is mid gold in colour, with a moderate bead.
The nose is mellow and mineral-like, fresh and somewhat dry. First dentists mouthwash, then some lemon grass.
15 year old Speyside 59.1 % vol
From a refill sherry hogshead, the colour is mid amber, or deep gold with copper lights. It has retained its distillery character well – saddle soap, the skin on a rice pudding, orange peel and then fondant (i.e. Dolly Mixtures).
22 year old Speyside 62.1 % vol
It is drawn from a first-fill, ex-bourbon Hogshead and has the colour of old polished mahogany. The nose is prickly and takes a while to yield its secrets: first red wine vinegar, then glacé cherries, glacé kumquats and angelica root, and finally vanilla sponge.
29 year old Speyside 52.1 % vol
The grand-daddy of them all! And this cask has reached grandpa age, in whisky years. It is an American oak hogshead and has a glorious polished mahogany hue.
A fresh nose, with Speyside pear-drops. Marshmallows behind and mellow soft fruits, brown apples, desiccated coconut and marzipan.
8 year old Speyside 58.0 % vol
By popular demand… another magnificent ex-sherry hogshead from Glenrothes Distillery. And possibly the best so far!
Rosewood in hue, with crimson lights and a decent bead.
13 year old Campbeltown 66.8 % vol
This example, from an American barrel, is the colour of Golden Syrup, with copper lights. At natural strength, the nose is reminiscent of French apple tart (sliced and glazed), with a curious Elastoplast aroma behind.
17 year old Speyside 48.0 % vol
Rich gold, with almost no beading. Immediately you are standing in a maturation warehouse, with an added nose of Russian Fudge, soft toffee, marzipan, prunes, apple Tarte-Tatin.
30 year old Spesyide 46.9 % vol
Dark, brooding gold in colour with a lovely “old rancio” nose to start. Ever-changing, like all good, old whiskies, first apricots with a hint of balsamic vinegar (all taken in an old library), then assorted glace fruits, greengages, over-ripe figs, now macerated fruits and a rich banana cake.
18 year old Speyside 52.8 % vol
A rare refill sherry hogshead of 18yr old Macallan, a rich gold in colour with long legs and excellent beading.
At first, a mild nose of bruised apples, then baked apples and brown sugar.