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CASK No. 30.102

Spicy & sweet

Not easy – but it’s worth it!

Age 21 Years
Date Distilled 14th February 1997
Cask Type Second Fill Heavy Toast Medium Char Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Region Speyside
Outturn 1 of 144 bottles
ABV 54.1%


We all had to put on ‘our thinking cap’ as this was constantly changing in the glass. We were foraging for berries in bushes, drank a cranberry orange prosecco cocktail and distilled sandalwood oil. On the palate neat it was just like a Caribbean black cake, a boozy rum-soaked fruit cake with a good dose of molasses, brown sugar and browning (burnt sugar) sauce. With water polished mahogany, sweet myrrh incense and salty liquorice were followed by zesty Indian lime pickle and extra dark honey vanilla cornbread. After twenty years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a 2nd fill hogshead with a heavy toast and a medium char.

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