An older, more complex version of Billy Walker’s (formerly of Glendronach and now of GlenAllachie) top notch MacNair’s Lum Reek.
The whisky is named after Harvey McNair, a distiller and travelling trader in the 19th century, who worked at GlenAllachie. One night, he was drinking a whisky in a bothy with a blocked chimney, which had “a marvelous effect on the whisky in my glass” according to McNair, imparting to it a smoky flavour which inspired him to create a forerunner of this dram. The scene is featured on the label. Lum Reek is also named for a Victorian toast: “Long may your lum reek” (Long may your chimney smoke).
This blended malt is made with whiskies from Islay, Speyside and GlenAllachie. It has been aged for 12 years in a mixture of bourbon, red wine and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, the result being a complex and characterful dram.
Lum Reek 12 Year Old offers notes of powerful charred oak, peat, sea spray, burnt nuts, brown sugar, mint, malt, coffee, dark chocolate, almonds, red grapes, sweet dried fruit and salted caramel.
Bottled at 46% ABV and free from chill filtration or colouration, this ensures the whisky’s peatiness is fully on show.