CATEGORY: Single Malt.
BOTTLER: Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS).
BOTTLING SERIE: Meeting an old master.
STATED AGE: 27 years old.
CASK TYPE: 1st Fill Ex-Pedro Ximénez Butt.
CASK NUMBER: 24.129
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 414
STRENGTH: 53.6% Vol.
SIZE: 700 ml.
The whisky cascading into the glass was like a sunset over the Sahara dessert, burning the sky with a life-enhancing deep orange radiance. First nosing revealed an old artist’s studio with old easels and the smell of thick canvas and linseed and sandalwood oil. The blinds had been pulled shut to direct a single beam of sunlight through the darkness, illuminating a still life with stark contrasts.
It intensified the vibrant colours of the oranges, prunes and dried apricots that had been carefully positioned beside a dusty bottle of tawny port and a glass of sweet Tokaji wine. The palate was also dark yet sweet with chocolate covered brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, figs, prunes and old leather. Then muscovado sugar, all spice and a finish of rye whisky with dark, strong coffee.
After spending 25 years in an ex-oloroso butt this was transferred to a 1st fill pedro ximenez butt for the remainder of its maturation.