Founded in Edinburgh in 1855, the Caledonian distillery closed its doors in 1987, before being largely destroyed in 1998. From the warehouses of the famous Scottish independent bottler Signatory Vintage, this absolutely outstanding 1976 vintage will make you lament the disappearance of this single grain whisky which, almost 40 years later, still shows incredible strength of character and vitality. An example of timeless maturity
Single Cask #900002 - Hogshead Cask Limited edition of 217 bottles.
Profile: a complex nose characterised by citrus fruit (orange, lemon), ripe fruit (pear, peach), honey and cut grass. Lively and tannic but smooth.
- Appearance : burnished gold
- Nose : delicate, fresh. The initial nose is very complex and is characterised by citrus fruit (orange, lemon), ripe fruit (pear, peach), acacia honey and cut grass. It develops with lots of depth into beeswax, vanilla and grated ginger. A very pleasant note of varnish lands tenderly on the aromatic palette.
- Palate : clear, lively. Apricot and peach stones give great consistency to the attack. It then quickly becomes chocolatey and liquoricey. The mid-palate takes hold of the peaches and apricots to extract their sweetness. Powerful but smooth tannins gradually coat the taste buds. Nuts (almond, pecan) and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) rival each other in intensity at the end of the palate.
- Overall : long, voluptuous. New fruits appear, including wild blackberry, Mirabelle and greengage plum and gooseberry. But that doesn’t overshadow its vanilla and milky (coconut) character, quite the opposite. The finish is like a delicious bite of apricot and vanilla tart. The retro-nasal olfaction is delicately herbaceous and roasted (tobacco). The empty glass is spicy, delicately woody, and floral (lily, iris).