35.235 Frankly exquisite – The Vaults Collection

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35.235 Frankly exquisite – The Vaults Collection

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The Vaults Collection at the Society is exclusively reserved for our casks of the highest distinction.  A truly exquisite cask from a distillery that needs no introduction at the SMWS, but is probably best known for its sheer diversity of flavour and depth of character to the spirit and innovation in cask maturation. Often a rich, nutty, and fruity spirit character, that very character isn’t lost after 31 years in oak, but is instead enhanced and balanced into the exquisite character that sits with this release. Pour a glass, sit back, remark on what you were doing on the 18th September 1987, and sink into notes of blood orange, molasses, rich sherry, thick-cut marmalade, old perfume and tobacco.

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The nose has an intriguing array of fruits – stewed rhubarb, perfumed pear, purple plums, pomegranate molasses, ripe fig, blood orange and Campari, with later hints of sherbet, sherry vinegar and curry spice. The neat palate has intense fruit and sherry flavours – rhubarb rock, thick-cut marmalade, Charentais melon, pineapple and marzipan; deeply satisfying and easy-drinking, with a mouth-tingling finish of chocolate Brazils, ginger, perfume and tobacco. The reduced nose – fruit compote, fruit cake, plum tarts, toffee apples and Armagnac. The reduced palate is rich, mouth-drawing and frankly exquisite – sherry trifle, kumquat, purple fruit pastilles, dried cranberries, blackcurrant jam and bitter chocolate. After 28 years of maturation on an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky to an Oloroso hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.

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