Info: Bottled at 50% abv, this whisky is stronger than its core range counterpart, and is matured in ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks. 11,400 bottles, limited edition. Over 11 years old.
Colour: Sprightly and golden.
Nose: Very light smoke here, the dominant nose being a heady mix american and european oaks, of bourbon and sherry. There’s a slight farm nose, followed by cream & mushed autumn fruits, and dying fire embers.
Palate: At 50% this is still surprisingly easy on your palate, although the higher abv and the use of european oak help to give a nice drop of spices along with the other mushed fruit notes.
Finish: The finish is creamy, and long, with just a mere hint of the peaty puffs left hanging around. Lots of flavours to explore.
Thoughts: I don’t know if it’s because it’s slightly older, or slightly stronger, but the peat influence here is really restrained, and mostly just adds a nice extra dimension and depth to what is a really lovely whisky. My favourites of the range? Very possibly!
Available: Master of Malt – £49.95
Thanks to Tomain for the sample.
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