Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry first fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
Average price: € 55.00
Official website: www.ianmacleod.com
I’ve already talked about this bottler in dealing with one of their most recent products, Smokehead, and I’m returning with another of their labels, which already, like the one mentioned, has a precise peculiarity.
It’s ‘As We Get It’, a series of unique bottlings from different and undeclared distilleries in the Highlands and Islay, which are presented totally natural: no chillfiltration, no added colouring agents and cask strength.
Each bottling is different from the other, in terms of both alcohol content and distillery of origin, with a pleasingly old-fashioned label that recalls the idea of whisky distilled as it used to be, which manages to offer full-degree bottles at a reasonable price as an alternative to many original bottlings that are often “curbed” to satisfy the general public.
Gold in the glass.
Obviously, you have to give the whisky time to breathe and tame the alcohol content, which is indeed considerable, and patience is well rewarded by pleasant, smooth aromas of sultanas in spirit, plums, cooked pears, marzipan, caramel, liquorice root. Candied orange and milk chocolate. Slight roughness of the wood in the background. The alcohol remains a massive presence, but not aggressive.
Dates and dried fruit glide oily across the palate, with a cheerful peppery thrust, accompanied again by prunes and sultanas with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg, along with candied orange, caramel and chocolate. The sweetness of the Sherry becomes mild, helped by the cask strength, making the drink smooth and without peaks.
Fairly long finish of hazelnuts, liquorice, caramel and wood.
For such a high alcohol content, it is an easy whisky to approach, without any particular depth, but its drinkability is in itself a great achievement and not to be underestimated. More ageing would certainly give more explosive results.