31 yo Imperial
Bottled at 44.1% alc.
PALATE – Raspberry coulis and crunchy meringue nests, breaking apart on a China plate. The tart sweetness of lychee develops on to a little hint of baking spice and a spoon of set honey. A hint of Earl Grey tea, left stewing in the cup.
FINISH – Warming and silky, leaving a lasting impression of cinnamon chewy sweets and desiccated coconut. Milk-chocolate mint creams rest on, with a whisper of almond extract.
22 yo Laphroaig
Bottled at 52.6% alc
PALATE – Crunchy maple syrup brittle coats the palate, followed immediately by a spoon of date conserve. Steaming peppermint tea arrives, served with crumbly ginger snaps. This eases on to a glass of decadent cherry wine and a slice of spongy pain d’épices.
FINISH – Sooty smoke is at its most intense on the finish, mingling with smoked trout blinis. Sea-salted caramel and earthy brown soda bread linger to the end.
25 yo Bowmore Cask #1367
Bottled at 54.3% alc.
PALATE – Plumes of sweet smoke, a crunchy, indulgent candy apple, and a drizzling of blossom honey. Some heat appears with smoked chipotle chili paste, which is balanced by the freshness of a vase of just-cut flowers.
FINISH – A touch of the tanginess of grape peel marries with a slightly burnt pear pie, which evolves into a whisper of white pepper.
24 yo Ben Nevis Cask #1730
Bottled at 48.8% alc.
PALATE – A bowl of deliciously juicy peaches is complemented by the creaminess of butterscotch candies. The fruity-yet-creamy character continues with helpings of strawberries and freshly whipped cream, drizzled with indulgent raspberry coulis.
FINISH – Just a touch of ripe kiwi is followed by a squeeze of lime juice and grated ginger
12 yo Teaninich Cask #715786
PALATE – A refreshing lime ice lolly is served up with a glass of cold ginger beer. Chocolate-covered nougat and flaky pastry bring a creaminess to the experience, followed up by toasted almonds and chopped parsley.
FINISH – Deliciously light and bright – rose tonic water and strawberry marshmallows remain, with just a slight hint of torn rocket leaves.
11yo Glen Elgin Cask #807780
PALATE – Sumptuous Pasteis de Nata contribute a creamy sweetness. This is followed by celery sticks, with a tangy yoghurt dip and juicy nectarine conserve. Gentle wood spice drifts in next, smothered in lingonberry sauce.
FINISH – Burnt pretzels and delicate fruit remain strong – a touch of zest idles with apple-and-blackcurrant cordial and melon sorbet.
10 yo Caol Ila Cask #300162
PALATE – Smoky and sweet sticky barbecue sauce coats the palate with plenty of dried figs and a touch of mango juice. A vinegar-laden paper bag of fish and chips takes over, moving on to juicier notes of cranberry compote and candied cherries.
FINISH – Strawberry jelly sweets rest on, along with the ashy smoke of a burnt match and lots of vanilla sugar. A few pickled capers linger behind the fruity smoke.