70cl // 46.0% ABV
The well-loved Clynelish distillery produced the whisky for this Maltman bottling in July 1997. It slumbered in a bourbon cask for 15 years until January 2013, when the cask was cracked open and the single malt Scotch whisky was bottled with an outturn of 349 bottles.
Rich gold in colour, more like the colour you could expect from a sherry matured whisky, but it’s definitely bourbon.
On the nose you get slight salty sour hints, it’s not particularly sweet, woody notes come through nicely with some vanilla spices.
The mouth is fairly full and spicy, but at an abv that makes it fairly easy drinking. The 15 years has certainly given this a maturity, but has also left a playful youthfulness as well, it’s a good balance tempered by subtle wood notes that add a great roundness to the malt, it’s neither too sweet or too sharp, it’s right in the middle of where you want it to be.
This is surely the darkest colour bourbon matured whisky I’ve seen.
A very moreish and high quality dram from this north eastern distillery.