A limited edition release of 615 bottles at 53.4% ABV. A marriage of two casks 18/961 and 18/962, filled on the 14th of March 2018 into virgin American white oak for two years and eight months before being moved into Hungarian Tokaji Casks for a further two years and eight months. Bottled on the 27th of July 2023.
Appearance: Duracel battery amber. A thin beaded tide mark, viscous film and many thick oozy trails appear when the glass is rolled.
Nose: Very little peat/smoke, possibly a touch of faint sweet BBQ smoke. Christmas spices, barley sugar, orchard fruits and vanilla appear first. A nice balance between the sweet and spice notes and a decent helping of alcohol. Some spring water freshness and damp forest floor elements appear next. Some expressed orange peel and honey emerge after a time.
Palate: A semi-viscous mouthfeel, not oily but quite silky nonetheless and a good level of tingling spicy ethanol. Charred oak, honey, black pepper and faint hot aniseed. There’s some cloying at the back of the mouth and throat from that oak. A slight Campbeltown’esqe funk lingers in the background, as does some more confectionery sweetness. Running through the rest of the flavour profile is a candied bacon/bacon jerky note, really nice and sweet, but also a little salty and lightly smoked.
Finish: Long. The spice tingling, honey, aniseed and some creamy vanilla last for a good amount of time on the finish.
Overall: A really well-balanced whisky with a great ABV level. I like all the flavours and the very subtle smoked candied bacon in this one and would happily sip away at a bottle.