1 of only 144 bottles, the sixth bottling by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of this Texan Single malt & matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel.
Appearance: A light and crisp orange-tinged gold. A good coating on the glass with slow-forming thin legs.
Nose: Now this is a more BBQ’d meats and sweet smokey nose. There’s also a savoury side to the nose AND a funk! It’s all going on! The high ABV is evident and welcome.
It’s actually quite malty and biscuity, once your senses acclimatise to the ethanol. There’s a slight ‘Irishness’ about it. Green toffee apples now. Cola cubes maybe? Cola syrup even.
Palate: Huge flavours on the palate. Sweet syrupy cola and black pepper. Tingles on the sides of the mouth. I got the ABV on the nose and the palate is pretty full-on too. Wonderful but dangerous! Lovely barrel char and super-sweet damson jam. It really warms the chest but in a very fruity way!
Finish: The finish is a continuation of the jammy sweetness and chest warming black pepper hum. Medium-long in length.
Overall: This is a big unapologetic whisky. It’s a full-on flavour, but they are the right flavours. Plenty of fruit jamminess and those warming spice notes make this a great dram.