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CASK No. 35.223

Old & dignified

A Theta state of mind


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Age 31 Years
Date Distilled 8th October 1986
Cask Type First Fill Ex-Sauternes Barrique
Region Speyside
Outturn 1 of 139 bottles
ABV 56.5%


Give this one time - this is a meditative dram. Imagine being in an incense ceremony at a Buddhist temple; the air is heavy with the scent of sandalwood, peony and Kyara (meaning ‘precious’ – the highest grade of agarwood). Following ‘the sound of the gong’ we had a sip. It was still lively for its age yet also smooth, like a Buddhist monk’s satin robe with a hint of fragrant smoke. A drop of water and it burst into life, like the cherry blossom in Japan, and on the taste so soothing and relaxing with a lingering spicy finish. After twenty-nine years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a first-fill Sauternes barrique.

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