Nose: sweet, caramel, vanilla, liquorice, floral, roses, spicy, wood, fresh fruits, apples, dried fruits, raisins, stone fruits, fresh cut grass, spices, cinnamon, nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, hot chocolate sauce
Palate: sweet, dry, spicy, pepper, citrus, sultanas, floral, heather, fruits, pears, sweet melons, dried fruit, raisins, cocoa, sweet, caramel
Finish: sweet, smooth, caramel, warming, medium dry, citrus, lemon zest
Conclusion: I was not good with conclusions this evening, but gave marks like a master…
More info: Fully matured in an ex-Sherry butt, only 374 bottles available
from the website: “Our Old Particular Single Cask selection is a ‘particularly’ sought after range of individually-selected Malts from all over Scotland – each bottled according to the founders’ philosophy of topmost quality. Meaning, Old Particular bottlings are from only one cask, without colouring and without chill filtration – allowing the cask and the naturally present oils, fats and enzymes in the spirit to make their own special contribution to its nose, mouthfeel, palate and finish.
The result is as close as most people come to experiencing that rarest of pleasures – sampling a dram straight from its cask in the hallowed surroundings of a distillery warehouse.
We have chosen to bottle Old Particular at three different alcohol strengths. Some rarities are bottled at cask or natural strength and thereafter 48.4% for the bottlings aged to 18 years and 51.5% for 19 and over.
Combining the skills of the distiller’s time-honoured craft with the million and one little idiosyncrasies bestowed by each stave of each cask in which the Malt is maturing, every Old Particular Single Cask bottling is a marvel in its own right and truly unique.”