Origin: Orkney Islands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Rum first fill
Added colouring: No
Owner: Dram Mor Group
Average price: € 75.00
Official website: drammorgroup.com
Third bottling of the Scottish bottler’s Spring release, and I tackle one of two from an unknown distillery in the Orkney Island (very difficult, almost impossible to guess which one it might be!).
321 bottles from a single former Fijian Rum cask, filled in 2008, all cask strength. The other bottle from the same distillery, of which unfortunately I don’t have a sample available, comes from an ex-Bourbon cask aged in Madeira blood tub (a particularly small cask, 30 to 50 litres).
The nose is tame, a fruit pastry with just a hint of mineral and saline peat. I could end it here, but since I enjoy pitting aromatic notes, I expand with pineapple, peach, ripe pear, passion fruit, custard, shortcrust pastry. Grapefruit drop and icing sugar. Inviting.
In the mouth it’s more decisive and full-bodied, red fruits, plums and blood orange emerge to accompany the ripe pear and pineapple, with a sea breeze, crisp and saline, blowing across the palate. If you look hard enough, smoke can be found as a distant hint of roasted orange peel.
Quite long finish of toasted sugar, red fruits, citrus, dried fruits. In the empty glass, memories of bonfires on the beach appear.
Those looking for muscular, torrid peat in the Orkney Islands would do well to look elsewhere. The Rum goes well with the maritime peat creating a combination that works and entertains, a fresh and thirst-quenching whisky, I would say almost summery, disengaged but not superficial.