This Secret Orkney Distillate comes from a distillery parked in the highland regions of the Orkney Islands. This distillate was first filled in a bourbon barrel before maturing in a Fernando de Castilla Oloroso quarter cask for another 19 months on 6th October 2020.
Aroma: Freshly poured pinot noir red wine, cherries, pomegranates, chocolates with light touches of burnt ends – all very fresh, vibrant and aromatic, with a slight zing. Deeper notes of cut hay, caramelized maltose, toasted barley and grist, with a more herbaceous vegetal note of freshly cut grass. Woody acidity adds a contrast.
Taste: Roasted almonds, marzipan, peanut shells – heavier bodied with mildy numbing sensation of Szechuan peppers. As the pepperiness fades, sweet Sherry and cream takes over with an oilier, richer profile. More fruits emerge with ume plums, peach skins and chestnuts wok-fried and pureed. Wait – it gets even deeper, with affogato and wood char, or some might even call it wok-hey.
Finish: Medium length, more wood char, receding notes of roasted chestnuts (炒栗子/군밤) and oak.