A wonderful world whisky from a great distillery in the Swiss alps. The Locher Brewery produce this whisky, and they have an excellent history, having been owned and managed by the Locher family for five generations, producing spirits and beers for over 100 years. The whisky is made from water and barley found high in the Swiss mountains, both of a superb quality. The altitude of the peaks ensures a more resilient, flavoursome grain. This whisky has been created using a malt which has been double smoked, and is matured in old beer barrels, with have bene smoked with oak – which Locher claims is a unique process in the whisky world. On the nose this whisky opens with strong smoky aromas, light smoked plums, toffee, vanilla, red berries and salted caramel. The palate is thick and delicious, with multi-faceted notes of orchard fruit, red berries, sweetness and smoke. A particular smoky oak comes with time, bringing with it a toasted vanilla note. The finish is long, lingering and smoky. This whisky was awarded European Whisky of the Year in 2010 by Jim Murray, who gave it a huge score of 96.5 points out of 100, beating out hundreds of whiskies from across the continent.