KEY FACTS ABOUT THIS WHISKY
Region: Islay, Scotland
Age: 10 years old
Year distilled: 2008
ABV: cask strength of 58.2%
Cask ref: 3
Cask type: ex-red wine barrique finish
Bottle outturn: 306
Bottle size: 700ml
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WHISKY TASTING NOTES
Nose: Sweet aromas on the nose with a hint of peat and some savoury notes. Intriguing elements of juniper, red berries and cherries.
Palate: Golden syrup and barley sugar, with just the right amount of smoky sweetness throughout to make this a gentle, balanced and delicate whisky.
Finish: Long and rich subtlety, with some spice that was hidden initially. Honeycomb and soft oak. It comes a long way from the initially light aromas.
BACKGROUND TO THIS ISLAY MALT
Every once and a while we come across a whisky that we’ve got to share with the world, but what we can’t share is the distillery’s name. We can tell you that it’s a single malt from one of the eight distilleries on Islay and was an incredible bourbon cask. When it was 9 years old, we felt it would absolutely excel with an additional finishing period, so we finished it for a year in an ex-red wine barrique from the famous Alter Ego, which comes from Chateau Palmer Margaux in Bordeaux. So, this bottling has a pretty impeccable pedigree. However, the proof is in the tasting and, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter where this scotch comes from because we think it’s fantastic.
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About our Bottles
For us, one of the best aspects of a good single malt whisky is its ability to bring people together. So when we created our bottles we wanted to design something that felt like a decanter - meant to be passed around a group of friends, new and old, as they enjoy sharing a dram together.
Our bottles have a good weight to them, making them feel substantial and giving them the presence a good whisky deserves. We've offset the label, so that the whisky is centre stage; it shows the natural colour of the liquid clearly and proudly.
The label clearly and transparently shows you all the key information, including: the nature of the liquid (for example, single malt scotch) where it was distilled; how old it is; and how strong it is. All our liquids are natural colour and non chill filtered.
Our bottles come in two sizes: 700ml, which is our standard for our main releases; and for some of our expressions, 100ml minis.