This is some rather special work from our expert tasting panel here. We love Distillery 48 already: worm tubs in production at this site bring out rich meaty notes and heavy distillate. Add to that, this has been matured for a minimum of 14 years in predominantly 1st-fill ex-American oak PX sherry casks and drinks like a liquid Garibaldi biscuit with warm currants oozing out the sides. Very deservedly in the Deep Rich & Dried Fruits profile and bottled at a natural cask strength of 49.8%, this is a rare treat to celebrate the diversity of Speyside.

We walked through the deep, dark forest, stepping over moss-covered tree roots and troupes of wood mushrooms. As the wind whispered through the dense evergreens, the aroma of steamed raisin pudding with a tawny port wine sauce emerged. We followed our noses and found a little gingerbread house with vanilla-based frosting, supported by tonka beans, cinnamon sticks and garibaldi biscuits. When we added a couple of drops of water the scent of chocolate-coated dark red cherries flirting with turrón ice cream and PX raisins dominated, while on the palate we enjoyed blueberries freshly picked from the woodland.

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