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CASK No. 11.35

Spicy & sweet

Black Bun and Black Magic

Age 16 Years
Date Distilled 9th October 2000
Cask Type Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Region Highland
Outturn 1 of 154 bottles
ABV 54.4%


The nose is primarily sweet – we found honey, toffee, syrup sponge and rum and raisin fudge, but there were also elusive, quirky notes that we variously described as linoleum, hessian, Riesling, dunnage and marijuana. The palate is also sweet – mainly iced caramel chews and McGowan’s Highland Toffee but with a spicy flavour reminiscent of Birnbrot (dense Swiss pastry-wrapped loaf made of dried fruits, mainly pear; nuts and spices); other, less obvious flavours hinted at polished wood, linseed oil and putty. Water brought out more spice (the Birnbrot was now Black Bun) and some beguiling bitter chocolate (Black Magic chocolate caramels).

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