Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Rauff & Fagerberg
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: Contact on Instagram
The dream of every whisky lover is to produce their own distillate, but given that this is an (almost) unattainable goal (especially for us), the solution that comes closest without requiring astronomical outlays is to become a bottler.
Buying a barrel is relatively inexpensive (ranging from 2,000 euros upwards), but then you have to find someone to take care of any additional ageing, bottling, tax procedures… in short, it’s not something you can do on the spur of the moment, and it requires patience and flexibility, as well as a great deal of passion.
And it certainly doesn’t make you rich….
And Rauff & Fagerberg certainly don’t expect to make a lot of money from their bottlings, which are limited single casks distributed mainly among the members of their Danish club, with practically no online advertising other than an Instagram profile that certainly doesn’t aim to become an influencer and which, at the moment, remains the only channel through which to contact them for a possible purchase.
This latest bottle of theirs is no exception, produced in only 190 pieces, the result of a February 2008 distillate bottled in September 2020, from a cask at a distillery that has given so much joy to independent bottlers.
Many thanks to Jørn for the kind sample.
Straw yellow in the glass.
Delicate nose with floral grafts on apricot, peach, honey, yellow orange juice, light spicy touches of wood. Cereals. You have to look at the alcohol content on the label because you won’t believe it: soft, sweet and caressing.
If the tingling sensation on the tongue reminds us of a full-bodied wine, with a pleasant peppery taste, on the palate the alcohol is perfectly integrated, enhancing the spicy tones of cinnamon and nutmeg, which lie on top of the fruity ones (a festival of sweetness and smoothness with peach, mango, apricot) accompanied by vanilla, nuts and a drop of honey. Touch of chocolate on freshly cut wood, with an earthy impression in the background.
Rather long finish with saline tips on spices, dried fruit, cereals, wood.
An example of what a full alcohol content can do to a whisky with a classic, solid profile, highlighting the spicy nuances without losing sight of the underlying delicacy, to the point that you could drink it at will almost without realising it (until they give you an alcohol test). Balanced, smooth, without smearing, a whisky with no fizz and no humour that simply knows how to make whisky.
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