This limited edition bottling is from the closed distillery at Brora on the Sutherland coast, and one of only 2976 worldwide. A magnificently confident, smoky and sweet expression - if a chocolatier made a malt it would surely taste like this.
Region: Coastal Highlands.
Appearance: A deep yellow gold with exceptional beading.
Nose: Cautious, yet welcoming- a smoky fresh-lit fire, giving way to candle-wax and herbs. Soft sultana cake become malty, with toasted coconut, honey, lemon zest and subtle wood smoke.
Body: Medium to rich, soft.
Palate: Powerful at cask strength - syrup-smooth, with the sweetness of dark chocolate truffles to start, then spicy, mouth-drying and faintly charred, with hints of wood smoke and ripe, red berries.
Finish: There's a peppery tingle in the warming finish, which is oaky and herbal with dry, coating tannins. Behind, notes of roasted coffee lead to a clean, aromatic conclusion, while spice remains in the lingering aftertaste. With water it's lighter, more cedary and waxy, the late are tannins smoother and longer.