Caisteal Chamuis 15yo 46% ABV

Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt Whisky

Caisteal Chamuis is a blended malt Scotch whisky produced by Mossburn Distillers. The bottling gets its name from the ruins of Caisteal Chamuis, also known as Knock Castle or Castle Camus, which is located on the headland on the eastern side of Knock Bay on the Isle of Skye. The ruins of the castle can be seen from the grounds of the Torabhaig Distillery. Interestingly, the stone used to build the steading that would eventually become Torabhaig was taken from the by-then derelict castle.

This blended malt whisky is a classic representation of the Hebridean lifestyle and folklore. It evokes memories of a time spent in the company of lively people, around peat fires, and with bold spirits. The whisky was initially aged in both refill and first-fill American Oak Hogshead casks. Then, the individual malts were blended and finished in fresh 200-litre Bourbon Barrels.

Appearance: Rose wine/copper. A thin film and even thinner tide mark forms when agitated. A few very faint thin trails appear with further agitation.

Nose: A big hit of struck sulphur and burning wood. A little minerality, toffee apple and Jaffa Cake (although I’m struggling to get past the struck match element! It’s a no-holds-barred and full-on nose, that’s for sure! An intense non-descript fruit syrup and a wisp of sweet smoke?

Palate: The matchstick element definitely remains evident, with lots of sulphur and burning wood. Some fruit jam and a little meatiness. I can’t get anything other than this, it’s way too sulphur-forward for me!

Finish: Struck match

Overall: Too sulphur-forward for my tastes, I struggled to get past that and enjoy anything else about the dram.

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