So there's a story: This March, right before the world stopped, I was in Glasgow, with plans to do a quick visit to Islay. Alas, Winter Storm Jorge adjusted the ferry schedule enough that I had to cancel the whole thing & stay in Glasgow.
As a result, what would have been a quick visit to Auchentoshan turned into an extended tour and what would have been many distillery whisky purchases turned into this one, which I hand filled from the cask.
Served in a glencairn with a few drops of water.
Hand-filled by yours truly.
Ok, it's cask strength, but under the ethanol is all of the red wine notes; dark & fruity.
Sharp at first, then it break and melts into a soft and full-bodied flavor bomb. Kind of like the A'Bunadh but amped up.
More of the dark fruit, and it may just be my mind playing with me, but I think I can taste the tannins.
Life is what happens when you're making other plans, and this is a happy accident of life. This is one of those bottles that you won't see unless you're very special.
Story aside, I haven't had a bordeaux cask aged dram before, and it shines.
95 / 100