Experience N.14 is a vivid and complex whisky that has a lot to say. It does not shout however. It is both rich and full flavoured and layered and nuanced. The goal was to slowly build complexity using layers of complimentary whiskies.
The challenge was in preserving the subtleness that some of the components had, without letting one thing dominate. At the heart of this blend is a lightly plated unnamable Speyside single malt, and the grain whisky in this blend is really just there to help bridge between some of the key flavours. We have found great joy in blending with ancient grain whiskies. We’re not really sure who else would use them, or for what - but the flavours we’ve been able to locate within these old dusty casks of two or three decade old whiskies have been remarkable to work with. Often, they throw up surprises. A dusty, musty sample on the nose immediately give the impression that that spirit has spent too long in wood, but a few drops with another whisky and BOOM - it bursts into colour, and shape, and vibrancy.
It was this rare union of simplicity and complexity that inspired the name Kaleidoscopic. It summed up the remarkable reaction we experienced with the samples time and time again. It is a whisky to spend time with, to revisit time and time again. It’s ever changing and evolves in the glass, and we found it always invites you back for one last sip. Three grain components make up just under half of this blend, and their collective age totals around 60 years. The malt is from Loch Lomond, A Speyside distillery and Tullabardine (red wine cask). Grassy, delicate and fruit forward malts high in ester content - providing a vibrant spectrum of colour for the grain whisky to dance upon.