Single Cask Nation: Founded in 2011 by Joshua Hatton and Jason Johnstone-Yellin, two former whisky bloggers, Single Cask Nation is the United States’ only independent bottler following the Scottish tradition. Each cask selected is bottled at natural cask strength, free from chill filtering and artificial color, with the distillery source front and center. While Joshua and Jason established their reputation with exquisite Scotch selections they also bottle American bourbon, rye, single malt, light whisky (aka American grain whisky), rum, and mezcal.
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Blair Athol 10yo, 2nd fill PX Sherry Butt
This cask bottling, distilled March 2011, spent 10 years maturing in a 2nd fill PX Sherry Butt. It was bottled at cask strength in May 2021 at 55.3% ABV. Cask # B42HHH yielded 577 bottles.
Nose: Deliciously malty and sweet while exhibiting notes of toffee,
malted milk balls, crushed hazelnuts, warm nougat, and chocolate
Palate: Rich and spicy on first entry with a continuing maltiness from the nose that gives way to fruitcake, dark chocolate, crystallized ginger, and Garibaldi biscuits
Finish: Lingering spice (ground ginger) sits alongside a tart juiciness (think cranberries) while the dark chocolate and fudge notes from before provide a sweet counterpoint
Westport 16yo, 2nd fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
This cask bottling, distilled May 2005, spent 16 years maturing in a 2nd fill Oloroso Sherry Butt. It was bottled at cask strength in May 2021 at 50.6% ABV. Cask # 2112 yielded 577 bottles.
Nose: A lovely delicate sweetness with notes of warm oak, strawberry jam filling, sponge cake, wax candy lips and candy
Palate: Malty to begin but then toasted hazelnuts, Licorice All-Sorts, and freshly ground coffee beans give way to a pleasantly drying oak and the faintest suggestion of pickled walnuts
Finish: Decent length with returning maltiness, cocoa nibs,
hazelnut skins, and lingering drying oak
Inchgower 13yo, Tawny Port Finish
This cask bottling, distilled July 2007, spent 13 years maturing in a 2nd fill Bourbon Hogshead and finished in a Tawny Port Cask. It was bottled at cask strength in May 2021 at 52.8% ABV. Cask # 668 yielded 227 bottles.
Nose: Cereal forward with a certain grassiness that gives way to hints of gingerbread cake, hazelnut skins, and lit incense sticks
Palate: Pleasantly spicy at entry but with big, juicy jammy notes midpalate (think blackberry/strawberry fruits boiling rapidly in your jelly pot!), pay attention around the edges to find the cracked black pepper
Finish: Decent length with abundant Licorice All-Sorts, hints of
ground ginger and cinnamon, and then quietly drying
Linkwood 12yo, Refill Oloroso Sherry Butt
This cask bottling, distilled April 2009, spent 12 years maturing in a Refill Oloroso Sherry Butt. It was bottled at cask strength in May 2021 at 55.5% ABV. Cask # 4815162342 yielded 666 bottles.
Color: White tea
Nose: There’s no holding back here: bright, fresh, floral, and fragrant notes jump over the edges of the glass to greet you! Look for freshly baked bread, warm oatmeal, poached pears in ginger syrup, and
cedar cigar boxes
Palate: Hugely oily texture with ginger spice candies, more poached pears, apple and walnut salad tossed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a massive crack of black pepper over the top,
and round, warm oak towards the end
Finish: Good length with lingering spiciness and oiliness that becomes
a little waxy down the middle of the tongue
Dumbarton 20yo, Refill Bourbon Hogshead
This cask bottling, distilled November 2000, spent 20 years maturing in a Refill Bourbonn Hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in May 2021 at 56.7% ABV. Cask # 211552 yielded 229 bottles.
Color: Reflective Gold
Nose: The corn influence is unmistakable with notes of buttered popcorn, vanilla pudding, and hints of caramel flan but there’s also a pleasing wood spice reminiscent of aircraft kits and even linseed oil
Palate: Demonstrates the unctuousness one might expect from corn distillate but the flavors are of sage gently fried in brown butter, spiced gingerbread cookies, and Boston cream donuts
Finish: Yes, the sweetness remains but there’s a wonderful soft
spiciness that quietly builds around the edges
M&H Distillery 3yo, 1st fill Bourbon Barrel
This cask bottling, distilled September 2017, spent 3 years maturing in a 1st fill Bourbon Barrel. It was bottled at cask strength in May 2021 at 59.3% ABV. Cask # 228 yielded 201 bottles.
Color: Reflective Gold
Nose: Quite soft at first sniff with notes of sweet cereal, candy necklaces, ripe fruit, vanilla pods, and a peppery peatiness
Palate: Unctuous (as expected) with warming pepper and hints of
cinnamon but with creamy, sweet vanilla, more ripe fruit, and toasted hazelnuts
Finish: Remains rich and unctuous with sweet cereal and lingering