We’ve been working away here in the bottling hall and now our second quarter releases are here.
First we have a 13 year old Tomatin finished in an ex-oloroso sherry cask. Founded in 1897 and situated just south of Inverness. This typically fruity and spicy spirit was matured for 12 years in and an American oak hogshead and then finished in an ex-oloroso sherry cask. The tasting revealed, maple syrup, gingerbread and dried apricot. The cask yielded only 270 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 58.2%
Next we have a special 25 year old North British a single grain scotch whisky bottled from a single refill hogshead with all proceeds going to Big Hearts Community Trust charity. The tasting revealed, fudge, honey and nutmeg. The cask yielded only 160 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 51.0%
This single malt from Loch Lomond is their Inchmurrin distillate. Light-bodied and produced at high strength in Loch Lomond’s straight neck pot stills it was aged entirely in a refill barrel for layers of layers of vanilla and sweetness. The tasting revealed, fresh pineapple and light honey. The cask yielded only 217 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 55.3%
We’re big fans of Linkwood’s medium bodied, sweet and floral distillate. This bottling has been matured in a hogshead for over 9 years then re-racked into an ex-tawny port cask from Josafer bodega for 11 months for caramel and fruity notes. The tasting revealed apple strudel, creme brûlée and fruit loaf. The cask yielded only 271 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 56.1%
Bunnahabhain is Islay’s most northerly distillery and produces a nutty, honeyed and citrus fruit style of spirit of which “Moine” is the medium-peated variant. Matured in an ex-bourbon barrel for layers of vanilla and sweetness. The tasting revealed lapsang souchong, honeydew melon and shortbread. The cask yielded only 250 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 57.7%
One of the reasons we wanted our own bottling hall was to give us more opportunity to experiment with cask finishes. This Knockdhu is our first bottling finished in an American virgin oak barrel. The light and fruity distillate was matured in a hogshead for the majority of its life and the finish has added depth, sweetness and floral notes. The tasting revealed candied ginger, lemon zest and liquorice toffee. The cask yielded only 293 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 58.2%
This Glenrothes was matured in a refill barrel that unfortunately leaked over time. The result is a greater amount of exposure to air which has reduced the alcohol volume and created a mellow, complex and balanced spirit. The tasting revealed, candied pear, sherbet lemon and honeydew melon. Due to unusual and airy maturation the cask yielded only 106 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 42.9%
The Speyside distillery Glen Elgin produces a medium bodied floral and fruity distillate. Matured in a HHD for 15 years and finished in a first fill ex-oloroso sherry cask from Josafer that brings natural sweetness and dried fruits character. The tasting revealed, dark chocolate, ginger and mixed peel. The cask yielded only 198 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 53.1%
This Dufftown has been bottled as a UK exclusive. A sweet medium bodied distillate with distinct grassy and floral notes. Matured in a refill hogshead before being finished in an ex-Islay refill PX sherry octave. The tasting revealed, mixed spice, smoked pancetta and apple peel. The cask yielded only 57 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 54.6%
Benrinnes is known for its robust and complex distillate with nutty, malty, floral and fruity notes. This bottling was matured in a refill cask and then finished in a 1st fill oloroso cask from AJ Hildago for over 18 months. The tasting revealed, salted caramel, hazelnut and nougat. The cask yielded only 292 bottles and it was bottled at natural cask strength 57.1%
Quarter 2 also includes our second batch of St Bridget’s Kirk. This exceptional whisky is created in our unique own special way by blending malt whiskies from different distilleries and differing spirit styles. Each batch is small, bespoke and distinctively different from the last; blended, married, bottled and hand labelled in our own warehouse where you’ll be glad to know, no artificial colouring of chill-filtration takes place.
Batch #2 is an un-peated three component blend of well aged single malts from undisclosed distilleries located from the Highland, Speyside and Islay regions. Married together many years ago in an oloroso butt and eventually bottled at 20 years old. The tasting revealed, bergamot orange, candied ginger, runny honey and vanilla. The final yield was 281 bottles that were bottled at 45.1%.