By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2016 | Send Email
For the first time in years of going to Scotland, we've been hearing little hints at a slightly opening market. This is not translating into cheaper distillery bottled whisky by any means because as demand for cheap blends slumps, distilleries are relying more and more on their flagship brands to bring their margins up. What it does mean is that maybe the investor who had been sitting on casks feels like it's time to liquidate or the blenders who were counting on increased sales on the low end to balance stock issues are now over stocked on the top end. So any tiny blip in the market can reverberate all the way down to us little guys and benefit our tiny program pretty significantly. This is the first example of that. When just a few years ago, similarly aged stuff from blue chip distilleries like this one, were trading at a speculatively high prices, today our suppliers are finding these casks a bit easier to replace and that means they're less likely to offer them at outrageous mark ups. We snatch them up! This gorgeous 25 year years is easily the equal (I prefer it) to the distillery's own 25 year and it's priced at nearly 1/10th the rate. A nose of salted fruit, hints of sea spray and toasty sweetness. The malt turns up on the palate, rich old wooden furnishing, and the tiniest hint of smoke. A truly special whisky at any price, but look at the price! Come on?!?!