Selected by Duncan Taylor for their "The Octave Premium" range.
The octave series sees the whisky given a second maturation in smaller octaves. This produces a greater surface are to volume ratio allowing the whisky to mature faster.
Distilled in 1996, aged 23 years in oak casks and bottled in 2020 at a natural cask strength of 51.8%, this is one of 60 bottles.
Tasting Notes with the bottle:
Colour: Pale Straw.
Nose: Lemon & lime, creamy chocolate and a touch grassy - classic Speyside notes.
Palate: Citrus notes mingling with black pepper and mint. Fresh and juicy with a hint of oak.
Finish: Dry and oaky.
Colour: Old Gold.
Nose: Soft but powerful, full of dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries, a little hint of leather, powerful sherry.
Palate: A great mix of sweet and dryness, lashings of fruit, candied citrus, baked apples, blackcurrants and plums, soflty herbal and nutty.
Finish: Pleasingly crisp, green apple peel, light mint tea, an icing sugar sweetness is balanced by a white pepper warmth.