Batch: 13 Cask Type: Tobermory Single Malt Scotch Whisky, ex-Oloroso Sherry Batch Size: 96 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Fragrant and fruity, with plump berry notes as well hints of cherry and blackberry - all reminiscent of a fruit scone smothered in jam. Taste: The end slice of a Jamaican Ginger Cake to start, followed by dry grape notes and the complexity of the Sherry, then a touch of cocoa and super-dark chocolate. Finish: A crisp, dry finish with a touch of pecan, hazelnut, and a hint of lemon peel.
Batch: 12 Cask Type: Ben Nevis Single Malt Scotch Whisky, ex-Palo Cortado Sherry Batch Size: 92 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Caramelised pineapple, Amaretti and brown sugar bourbon. Taste: Very mellow and laid back, with some slightly perfumed wood notes and baked apple flavours. Finish: Exceptionally dry - a woody, stonefruit dryness. Very crisp, too, like a good Fino Sherry.
Batch: 11 Cask Type: Tobermory Heavily-Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky, ex-Oloroso Sherry Batch Size: 98 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Smoked and salted caramel. Taste: The smoke comes through, rich and delicious; notes of citrus peel are followed by the savoury smoke of chipotle or gammon. Finish: More sweetness on the finish, making this reminiscent of a smoked sticky toffee pudding.
Batch: 10 Cask Type: Moscatel Batch Size: 100 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Salted almonds and an olive-like fruitiness, followed by a dusting of cassia and chilli. Taste: Sweet and fruity upfront with a hint of cinnamon bun is the name of the game. All followed by a light hint of sweet tea. Finish: A little woodiness makes this, overall, a delicate, well-integrated and balanced spirit.
Batch: 9 Cask Type: Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, ex-Pedro Ximénez Sherry Batch Size: 95 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Lemon drizzle cake and a hint of lapsang souchong tea. Taste: Fruit cake with hints of cinnamon and Jamaican ginger cake. Deep and rich, with a touch of roasted cocoa. Finish: Juicy red berries and a dash of pink peppercorn.
Batch: 8 Cask Type: Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, ex-Oloroso Sherry Batch Size: 95 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Stone fruit, raspberry, and fresh hay. Taste: Rich and oily in texture, with notes of honeyed heather and a light touch of smoke. Baked pear with a brown-sugar glaze. Finish: Crisp black pepper, a light sweetness, and a faint, but lingering hint of peat smoke.
Batch: 7 Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Sherry Batch Size: 99 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Dark cherry and raisin, with a splash of chocolate syrup. Taste: Plump and full of fruity notes: blackberry, apple, plum, and pear, before a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and caramel sauce. Finish: A light, dry fruitiness, reminiscent of freshly cut apple slices.
Batch: 6 Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry Batch Size: 129 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Orange chocolate and oak-y cinnamon sticks. Oily juniper and a touch of black pepper. Taste: Well-rounded Oloroso notes, complete with chocolate-covered raisins. Another helping of jammy orange. Finish: Soft cedar and layers of peppermint.
Batch: 5 Cask Type: Very Old Tom Gin Batch Size: 71 bottles Batch ABV: 42.8% Nose: Sugared peels, Alpine herbs, fresh vanilla pod and potpourri. Taste: More vanilla develops on the palate, with a touch of milk chocolate. However, a handful of clove and juniper notes keep it balanced. Finish: Cinnamon gum, spicy cardamom and fruity boiled sweets.
Batch: 4 Cask Type: Manhattan Meta-Bitters Batch Size: 100 bottles Batch ABV: 42.1% Nose: Sweet cherries and roots-y vermouth. Developing cinnamon and cardamom warmth. Taste : More red fruits, followed by waxy orange peels and a prickle of juniper. Finish: Hints of cardamom seed and dates.
Batch: 3 Cask Type: Ardbeg (Heavily-Peated) Single Malt Scotch Whisky Batch Size: 200 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Crisp juniper, salted caramel, bitter peels and a subtle touch of seashell. Taste: Soft and creamy at first, though waves of smoke and spicy clove growing on the mid-palate. Finish: Spice continues, followed by salty black liquorice and juicy raisins.
Batch: 2 Cask Type: Pedro Ximenéz Sherry Batch Size: 105 bottles Batch ABV: 43.3% Nose: Cinder toffee and treacle tart. Taste: A deep nuttiness with a touch of syrup sponge and a dark fruitiness. Finish: A spicy finish with a cosy warmth and a dry, nutty woodiness.
Batch: 1 Cask Type: Palo Cortado Sherry Batch Size: 100 bottles Batch ABV: 57.0% Nose: A slice of Rocky Road with cinnamon ice-cream. Taste: “Working our way around the cake stand”, we find flavours of date crumble slices: full of baking spices and lightly sweetened by the fruit. Finish: Long and lingering, with hints of chai tea and coffee beans.