This blended malt Scotch whisky was created by Max McFarlane, previous lead whisky maker at Edrington (including Highland Park) and now master whisky maker at Ardgowan Distillery. The limited-edition expression combines four distinctive single malt whiskies from Highland and Speyside distilleries, wholly matured in first-fill oloroso sherry casks. It picked up a master medal in the Blended Malt – Super Premium category at the Scotch Whisky Masters 2022.
Nose: Warm aromas come in waves, bringing to mind the precious cargoes of the East, with scents of marzipan, leather, Ceylon tea, dried spices, tobacco and sandalwood.
Palate: This journey continues as bright complexities of orange peel and rich dark notes of black cherries and treacle come to the fore.
Finish: Shipwright then settles gently, dry at first, then gliding into lingering spicy notes with hints of an old leather armchair.