Cask No. 36.200
KISSING A CRICKET BALL (FOR LUCK)
PROFILE Spicy & Dry REGION Speyside AGE 15 Years ABV 58.1% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-PX hogshead
Thirteen years in ex-bourbon wood preceded final maturation in a first fill American oak PX hogshead. On the nose we got prunes, figs and raisins (Eccles cakes), toffee apples, jammy dodgers and cherry clafoutis – then faint inklings of soft leather handbags and pipe tobacco.
The neat palate was smooth and deeply satisfying, with sherry trifle, brown sugar, plum jam and gentle spices. The finish combined oaked rioja, sloe berries, valerian root, clove and kissing a cricket ball (for luck). Water added coconut, roasted chestnut and salted caramel fudge to the nose, while on the palate were fig jam, redcurrant jelly and balsamic glaze.
Cask No. 66.217
CLICHÉ, BUT WHO CARES?
PROFILE Peated REGION Highland AGE 24 Years ABV 53.7% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-oloroso hogshead
Imagine warm, comfortable handknit mohair slippers, a pipe and a leather-bound book next to an open fire - a cliché you might say but if that is the case, why not write it. We then put our hands into a glass jar containing an assortment of liquorice sweets while dipping a cracker into a smoked oyster sauce garnished with chopped chives.
After the addition of water, we were served a smoky aubergine dish called baba ganoush with warm flatbread for dunking and finished with smoked salted caramel and bitter chocolate macaroons. Following twenty-one years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky into a first fill Spanish oak Oloroso hogshead.
Cask No. CW1.5
REGION Kentucky AGE 12Years ABV 61.7% CASK TYPE Charred new oak barrel
Aromas of pure temptation bound bags of toffee, butterscotch and cinnamon rolls with the sweet wood of a carpenter’s workbench and toasty bakery notes. A warm embrace of melted butter on corn on the cob then joined fresh coconut and pain au chocolat while the palate wrapped popcorn, macadamia nuts and maple syrup in soft velvet.
Water leached out a more earthy refrain that merged spicy walnut cake with rhubarb crumble, raisins and marmalade. Chocolate milkshake arrived with a dusting of cinnamon before cream soda joined charred pork belly and a fresh whisp of peppermint that complimented clean oak on the finish. This mash bill consisted of 80% corn, 8 % rye & 12% malted barley.
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