Mosstowie must surely rank as one of the most intriguing distilling enterprises in Scotch whisky history.
Mosstowie spirit was produced by Lomond still, a versatile style of still which sat somewhere between a column and pot still, with a moveable lyne arm and adjustable plates in the neck, allowing for differing amounts of reflux. Not only this, but Mosstowie was actually produced inside another distillery, the Speysider Miltonduff.
The practice only lasted from 1964 to 1981, and most of the spirit produced was used to make the Ballantine’s Finest blend. Therefore, bottlings of Mosttowie as a single malt are few and far between.
This 37 year old offering was distilled on the 5th of June 1979 and bottled on the 31st of January 2017, having been aged in a single bourbon barrel (cask number 14574). Signatory have bottled this whisky as part of their excellent Cask Strength series.
Drinkers should expect notes of barrel char, smoked spices, dry, dusty oak, vanilla, cherries, toffee, honey, apples, citrus rind, cranberries and milk chocolate.
The strength of this whisky is remarkably low for a Cask Strength dram, weighing in at just 42.4% ABV. This has ensured a whisky with a waxy, supple mouthfeel.
A real rarity, and rather delicious too. Just 142 bottles were produced.