The classic entry level offering from this tiny distillery. In many ways this is a malt that bucks the trend in Scotch whisky, flying the face of the fashion for “non age stating” younger whiskies. Furthermore, it is a throwback to a different time for Scotch whisky, particularly Speyside whisky, in that it is lightly peated. Whilst the perception we have of Speyside whisky these days is of a light, honeyed and toffee-led dram, this is not the Speyside whisky of the mid 19th century. Prior to the industrial revolution, many if not the majority of Speyside whiskies were lightly peated, as industrial techniques and coal were not available, and peat was the abundant fuel. Therefore, whilst we may look on this dram as an outlier now, it is actually very traditional.
The whisky itself defies its 5 years to delivery wonderful complexity. This is a lighter dram with notes of hay, grass, and malt alongside, buttery bourbon flavours of apple wood and cinnamon. The wisp of ashy, peaty smoke throughout lends another layer of flavour to this whisky. A little bit of history, and a marvellous whisky to boot.