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CASK No. 29.246

Heavily peated

Transcendental bliss

Age 19 Years
Date Distilled 13th May 1998
Cask Type Second Fill Heavy Toast Medium Char Hogshead
Region Islay
Outturn 1 of 140 bottles
ABV 55%


The nose led us through a boat-builder’s yard (tarry ropes, sanded oak, varnished yacht decking). Then we were rewarded with toffee, caramel and cinnamon toast; pineapple on smoked gammon, seared swordfish and balsamic glaze on scallops. The palate was like a ‘rake’s progress’ folk-song tale – the sweetness (watermelon sweets, apple pie, mango) seduced us utterly – then the colossal smoke and ash ran off with our money and our clothes. With water – roast lamb and teriyaki mackerel; we considered it transcendental bliss in a glass – a beautiful contemplative dram. After 18 years in ex-bourbon wood we transferred this to a second-fill hogshead.

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