Six individual casks made contributions to batch 018. American and French oak, port, sherry, red wine and even a little peated bourbon wood have their say in composing this symphonic whisky.
The youngest component is just 2 years old, the oldest is 4 years old.
Nose: Apricot fruit leather, roasted almonds, toffee, cherries, hints of mint, thyme and eucalyptus, fruity wood, stone fruit compote, hints of oak, pine and lime zest.
Palate: Fruity (slightly sour cherries, apricot jam and stewed nectarines), peanut and/or almond brittle, mint toffee, honey and fudge, sherry, leather.
Finish: fruity then drying, warm with some leather and wood bitters, minty with a hint of wood-smoke. Hints of dry oloroso with lingering tannins.
Comment: The house style and distillery character are obvious with smooth transitions and no surprises. This is a gentle but rewarding dram perfectly suited to breakfast, either in your porridge or in a glass!