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CASK No. 29.233


Permeating Sweet Smoke

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Age 20 Years
Date Distilled 26th Nov 1996
Cask Type First fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Region Islay
Outturn 1 of 257 bottles
ABV 48%


We were tantalised by the aromas of sweet cigar smoke combined with maple cured smoked bacon and grilled corn with a honey-ginger barbecue sauce permeating the air. A sweet crystallised fruit flavour dominated the taste initially neat but that was soon followed by a crisp mineralic acidity which then led to a powerful, mouth filling, never-ending explosion of peat smoke. Water added mussels in a creamy curry sauce as well as oysters with shallot vinegar whilst on the palate a warming clean sweet smoke lingered on our breath. After 19 years in an ex-bourbon refill hogshead, we transferred this whisky directly into a 1st fill Madeira hogshead.

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