Cask No. 4.243The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Cask No. 4.243
A bothy on the burnt moor
Bottle selected by world-renowned Scottish whisky expert and writer Charlie MacLean*
The nose has complex layers – maple syrup sweetness to start, shifting into dried fruits (figs, dates, raisins) – then smoke from heather moor-burn, which drifts eventually over the harbour. The palate has beautifully sweet smoke, suggesting maple candies and gingerbread with a hint of clove – lip-smacking and eminently drinkable at full strength. The reduced nose evokes brandy snaps dipped in dark chocolate being passed around in a bothy with a wood-burning stove. The palate also sweetens – dark chocolate with ginger pieces, violet creams and pan-toasted tea-leaves – it’s not often that smoky drams are smooth, but this one is – smooth, urbane and balanced.
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 13 years
Date distilled: January 2005
USA allocation: 90 bottles
*Charles MacLean is a whisky educator, lecturer, and writer who has published ten books on the subject of Scotch whisky. He has been with the Society since its outset in the early 80's, becoming chair of our tasting panel in 1992. To read more on Charlie, click here.