ABV: 46 %
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is young and very sweet. At first there’s a cloud of young, albeit well made, spirit sitting on top of a base consisting of sweet honey and butterscotch notes. The oakiness is coming through strong from the beginning. There is a sweet fruitiness somewhere in the mix but it’s hard to define. Sweet strawberries maybe. With time in the glass it leans more towards the butterscotch, honey and a nice vanilla. This is a very pleasant nose for such a young whisky.
Mouth: It starts out with a flare of the oakiness before it moves back to the butterscotch and honey. There is now a black liquorice note mixed in and the vanilla hovers on top. There’s also a rubbery/oily note far in the back which gives it some complexity. A hint of grapegruit seems to appear, but the earlier fruity notes with strawberries has disappered. Afterwards it switches over to becomes very oaky.
Finish: At first there are grapefruits and a peppermint cloud. When it settles it almost immidiately becomes oaky, but the baseline stays sweet with honey, vanilla and butterscotch. It’s a fresh woodshop oakiness with a little bit of grey oak planks mixed in. The grapefruits return in the late finish. This is a really good whisky for its age. It offers a lot of flavours and it presents a well made and tasty distillate with a lot of potential.
This is the first whisky to be released with spirit made after the reopening of the distillery in 2008. It’s aged in first fill ex-bourbon barrels for three years and then finished for 6 months in first fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.