A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt whisky from Convalmore, a closed distillery in Dufftown on Speyside. A very rare malt, highly prized by collectorss. Latest of three limited releases to be offered by the distillery. Matured in European Oak refill casks.Only 2,980 bottles worldwide.
Appearance: Vibrant amber or faded polished mahogany. Medium beaded and very viscous.
Nose: Mild and profound, opening scented with eucalyptus oil and a trace of leather infusing a soft pillow of marshmallow and creamy toffee. Through this runs a rich vein of clean, tropical fruit sharpness, underscored by soft, crumbly, malty notes with a wisp of smoke. In time, the appetising fruit retreats into a rich, creamy shell. A little water brings up the soft toffee creaminess and a little mint, as the fruity complex becomes fresher.
Body: Lightly oily. Smooth.
Palate: Big and oily in texture; gently warming and extremely soft and comforting, like a whisky syrup! The taste is immediately sweet yet, with a note of aniseed, not cloying. Successive waves of pepper, salt and smoke follow, revealing a mouth-drying nature. With water, the texture remains big, thick and tongue-coating; the taste is sweeter, cooler and minty; slightly dusty, too, with hints of shortbread and scented smoke.
Finish: Superbly balanced, with an unusual aftertaste of perfumed smoke. Theres still sweetness but its in essence drying, with notable cedar-rich hints of cigar box.