Given the nickname of ‘Twisted tradition,” this release plays on traditional bourbon cask to sherry cask maturation type used in Scotland over the last few decades. Bottled at cask strength and weighing in at 55.5% this particular batch has yielded around 100 bottles, with 70 available for purchase. 2 x 50-L ex-Maker’s Mark casks Aged for 3 years and 3 months and then transferred into a 100-L French oak super heavy char Apera cask for a second maturation of 5 months.
Nose: A huge savory mustiness coupled with marzipan and roasted almonds intertwined with a hint of fleshy over ripe plums, a touch of pimento all spice and hints of Demerara sugar.
Taste: Roasted almonds up front with dried orange peel and currants soaked in brown sugar syrup across the mid palate finishing long with liquor laden stewed fruits and a touch of Chinese 5 five spice.
The beautiful tannin structure gives this dram an almost perfect balance of indistinguishable fruit to spice to sweetness.