Refill Sherry Butt
This cask bottling, distilled in September 1992, spent 26 years maturing in a refill Oloroso Sherry Butt. It was bottled at cask strength in March 2019 at 53.3% ABV. Cask #115127 yielded 449 bottles.
Color: Fresh engine oil.
Nose: Cooked stone fruits, spiced cured meats, baked avocado with red pepper flakes, fresh party balloons, pickled walnuts, dusty bookshelves, hints of smoked cumin, fresh deck of playing cards.
Palate: Mouth puckering sherry dryness with more pickled walnuts, roasted red fruits, and warm cinnamon with hints of distant struck match. The mouthfeel is dense and waxy with additional rich sherry oak notes (without being too woody), crushed and cooked walnuts, and a concentrated sherry reduction.
Finish: Long and rich with warm oak, soft black pepper, and a lingering red fruit juiciness.
2nd fill Sherry Butt
This cask bottling, distilled in September 1995, spent 23 years maturing in a 2nd fill Oloroso Sherry Butt. It was bottled at cask strength in March 2019 at 52.4% ABV. Cask #8660 yielded 580 bottles.
Color: Burnished Brass.
Nose: Stewed fruits at first blush complimented by cinnamon buns and crushed Luxardo Maraschino cherries. Pipe tobacco in the distance but the dark fruits keep coming to the fore. Add to this, guava paste with a dark chocolate dusting.
Palate: The mouthfeel is so waxy it’s almost chewy. Sweetened wheat germ and muesli loaded with black currants, dark chocolate nibs, and fresh pomegranate seeds. As flavors build, notes of used books and hot dry attics become apparent. The pipe tobacco note returns as well.
Finish: Long and now peppery with hints of warm dates and prunes.
Clynelish 9 yr
1st fill Bourbon Barrel
This cask bottling, distilled in January 2010, spent 9 years maturing in a 1st fill Bourbon Barrel. It was bottled at cask strength in March 2019 at 58.1% ABV. Cask #700038 yielded 221 bottles.
Color: Reflective Straw.
Nose: Freshly opened box of Jujyfruits, banana LaffyTaffy, Cheerios, freshly laid malt floor, lemon curd, ground pepper, easy to nose with zero alcohol bum, bright, creamy, inviting, fruit Rollups, hints of sandalwood.
Palate: Oily and mouthcoating, bright and engaging, warm cereal notes, candied green apples, ground pepper, candy lips, hints of charred wood around the edges, white tea and fresh honeycomb, ripe tangerine slices.
Finish: The texture last for days while the fresh fruits under a dusting of pepper strike a delicious balance.
Glenburgie 20 yr
2nd fill Bourbon Hogshead
This cask bottling, distilled in December 1998, spent 20 years maturing in a 2nd fill Bourbon Hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in March 2019 at 58.9% ABV. Cask #751405 yielded 235 bottles.
Color: Olive oil.
Nose: Warm and malty with aromas of cardamon and crème brillee, caramel and cigar wrappers, lemon pinwheels, tinned pears, and spiced vanilla, then hints of fruit cake and toasted hazelnuts.
Palate: Wonderfully viscous with pronounced malt, spun sugar, cinnamon buns, graham crackers, then hints of browning pineapple and apple butter.
Finish: Moderate to long with continuing malt presence, powdered ginger, a hint of cinnamon and grilled pineapple towards the end.
Imperial 23 yr
Refill Bourbon Barrel
This cask bottling, distilled in February 1996, spent 23 years maturing in a refill Bourbon Barrel. It was bottled at cask strength in March 2019 at 49.2% ABV. Cask #874 yielded 195 bottles.
Color: White Tea.
Nose: Quite aromatic with notes of dried chamomile and honied chamomile tea, damp malted barley. Hints of citrus and powdered sugared baked goods (think beignets). Delicate toffee notes and a touch of echinacea.
Palate: Rich and malty but the mineraly backbone found in all Imperials can not be ignored. An interesting salty quality to this which helps to highlight the sweet yet savory aspect of this whisky. Notes of carrot cake and candied lemon peels take us to the finish.
Finish: Long with citrus and malt but delicate in its final delivery.
Port Dundas 42 yr
1st fill Bourbon Hogshead
This cask bottling, distilled in August 1976, spent 42 years maturing in a 1st fill Bourbon Hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in March 2019 at 51.7% ABV. Cask #56113 yielded only 95 bottles!
Nose: The perfect marriage of unlit cigars and orange spiced gumdrops. Crushed vanilla beans, hints of menthol, and echoes of cotton candy. Heavier notes come through like spent engine oil, espresso beans, wilting wild-flowers, and wheatgrass.
Palate: The palate opens with melting caramel but quickly transitions to candy corn and intense spearmint. The mouthfeel in rich and oily but seemingly effervescent, too. Chewy Asian corn-milk candies and spiced vanilla chai latte as we near the finish.
Finish: Long and peppery with lasting notes of honey drizzled mandarin orange slices.
Ledaig 15 yr
Refill Bourbon Hogshead
This cask bottling, distilled in February 2004, spent 15 years maturing in a refill Bourbon Hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in March 2019 at 55.7% ABV. Cask #40 yielded 284 bottles.
Color: Sauvignon Blanc.
Nose: Initially restrained but notes of crispy pork chops in a white pepper vodka sauce, copper pennies, and fresh rain on potting soil all greet you upon first sniff. After the first sip notes of onion crisps and worn leather are present and supported by a rich malty backbone.
Palate: Big and meaty with a very present note of French onion soup, to be sure, but notes of Mexican stone ground chocolate and espresso beans come to the fore. Sweet BBQ beef jerky and a slight yet pleasant floral freshness toward the finish.
Finish: Lasting notes of salted licorice and smoked salt on honeydew melon.
Ledaig 13 yr
This 13yo, 2nd fill Sherry Butt
This cask bottling, distilled in October 2005, spent 13 years maturing in a 2nd fill Oloroso Sherry Butt. It was bottled at cask strength in March 2019 at 57.1% ABV. Cask #900165 yielded 575 bottles.
Color: Reflective copper.
Nose: Sea spray over pebbles on the beach, delicate coal smoke and pine tar, warm oatmeal with apple and cinnamon, fruit cake fresh from the oven with raisins and boozy cherries.
Palate: Pleasantly oily with dried figs, dates, raisin bread, vanilla ice cream sprinkled with sea salt, and returning coal smoke.
Finish: Long and memorable, redolent of dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt then returning fruit cake.