Another excellent find from Duncan Taylor’s Octave range. Distilled in 2008, this single malt was aged in oak casks for 12 years before being finished for 3 months in an octave cask. This allows a much faster rate of maturation, being a very small cask. Another side effect of this is that this is a very small yield of only 85 bottles. This Speyside whisky is bottled at cask strength, 52.5% abv, and has a natural colour that has been free from chill filtration.
Expect earthy notes on the nose, with tobacco, cigar box and sherried oak. On the palate is cinnamon, ginger, toffee popcorn, and maple syrup. Clove, freshly cut grass and malty cereal all combine wonderfully on the finish, which gives more and more as it develops.