This blend orbits around an incredible, freakishly complex cask of Campbeltown malt that totally won us over with its hypnotic combination of lightness and waxy mouthfeel. Rather than use it to add a brightness to other blends, our mission became to preserve and enhance its flavours and textures using Highland and Lowland grain whiskies with a touch of sherried Islay.
We didn’t know it at the time, but it turns out using very old grain whisky does incredible things to young, big flavoured malt whiskies. When we held up the recipe at the end - it looked almost absurd. By focusing solely on flavour in our blending process, conventional wisdom had well and truly been bypassed. Happy days indeed.
The final step was an period of marrying in an ancient cognac cask which was given to us by our friends at Holyrood Distillery. A single estate cognac had resided in the cask for 30 years before our blend spent just over 100 days in it. The result was extraordinary. A whole extra dimension manifested within such a short period of time. Campbelltown driven blends + ex Cognac casks could be a thing.