There’s already a sense of “belonging” in the lower dunnage warehouse at Ardnamurchan. That’s not to say that we spend all day and night in there, but that the mould is spreading out across the floor and up the walls, and the smell that has attracted Scottish angels for centuries is already pervading the cool, damp air…
Nearly 500 casks are now lined up, all of them full of Ardnamurchan spirit, each an individual piece in our maturation jigsaw.
We’ve picked out 2 to compare to the New Make Spirit, and the results are already quite extraordinary:
From left to right: Ardnamurchan new make spirit (July 2014); Ardnamurchan spirit, 1st fill Bourbon barrel 7 ½ months old; Ardnamurchan spirit, 1st fill Sherry hogshead (PX) 5 months old.
Maturation observations – March 2015 (by sight and nose)
Ardnamurchan new spirit, unpeated July 2014
nose: malt (Shreddies); coarse brown sugar and cream; hard pears; acacia honey
Ardnamurchan spirit, 1st fill Bourbon barrel no. 2, filled end July 2014, Age 7 ½ months
colour: pale gold
nose: heather honey; lemon meringue pie; quince; brown sugar
Ardnamurchan spirit, 1st fill Sherry hogshead (PX) no. 237, filled October 2014, Age 5 months
colour: strong Camomile tea
nose: heather honey; prunes; juicy sultanas; cola cubes; Christmas ham