A brilliant bottling that forms part of the much beloved, and sadly discontinued, Flora & Fauna range (so named for the bottles’ wildlife themed labels) from Diageo.
This time round it’s a bottling from Strathmill, a Speyside distillery rarely seen as a single malt, that is historically a crucial part of the J&B blends.
The distillery produces a grassy, oily new make with plenty of orchard fruit notes.
This bottling clearly expresses that house-style, packed with notes of grassy hay, vanilla, apples, pears, boiled sweets, green tea, cinnamon, custard, sage and slight mint with a little black pepper.
Bottled at the slightly higher proof of 43% ABV, the dram possesses a silky, creamy mouthfeel.
Terrific stuff, and a real connoisseur’s favourite.