Complex, fruity and one that I want to take on a date to really get to know.
Cask Strength Vintage 2009 Batch 4
No age statement
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: A slightly medicinal waft that turns into sweet bonfire, scraped-out vanilla pods and the sugary crust of a crème brûleé. Ripe fig and fresh strawberries.
Palate: Deliciously complex. The fig remains, with dark berry compote drizzled over light, fluffy meringue. A little salty pork on the barbeque, pineapple slices, and a touch of yeast, like the initial kneading of bread.
Finish: Figs and vanilla pod creaminess with a hint of spice.
Comment: Complex, fruity and one that I want to take on a date to really get to know.
Nose: Bramble jam, sour plums, black cherries. A little funk. Brown bread, yeastiness, natural yoghurt, engine oil and dried mango. Subtle citrus, key lime pie and pink grapefruit, with a little over-ripe banana.
Palate: Complex and well integrated. Pie pastry (with a burned edge) and citrus fruits with pomelo, spearmint and more yoghurt funk. Plenty of dried tropical fruits and gentle anise.
Finish: Long and complex, with more dried tropical fruits.
Comment: Just enough funk to show real maturity, but still plenty of fruity spirit character.
Subscribe to the Whisky Magazine Newsletter to see the latest in all things whisky