ABV: 48 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: Smoke and ashes from a burnt out campfire, iodine and salt. Behind that there’s a hay note together with some honey and vanilla. There’s a clear oakiness shining through all the way from the start. A fresh peppermint is peeking through from the back together with a thin layer of fruitiness. It’s hard to pick out a specific fruit, but I get a hint of raspberries and maybe a hint of mango.
Mouth: A wet hay together with burnt out coal makes the peatiness thick and dense. There’s a lemon note piercing through. It’s somewhat spicy and the salt, iodine and the vanilla notes are still in there. It’s very bitter and the oak is spreading out in the background. The honey is in there too and it gets sweeter with time in the glass. The fruitiness is basically nowhere to be found at this point.
Finish: It starts out with a big dip in flavour but soon pick up pace again. The spicyness comes first followed by the heavy bitterness and after that the peat notes follow. The finish is filled with espresso, iodine and wet hay. The oak itself is fairly invisible for a long time. When all other flavours reside a vague honey sweetness reappears together with a hint of fruit and the long sought after oakiness. It’s quite nice in the tail end.
This is a travel retail exclusive. It’s aged for around 8 years in first fill american ex-bourbon oak barrels and then finished for about 2 years in virgin european oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered. It’s said that it’s the same whisky as the 1815 Legacy Edition.