Thursday, August 23, 2012

Small Barrel Scotch get really good

Rundlets & Kilderkins is an 'experiment' in small casks from Springbank. A 10yr old, bottled at 49.4% it is a rich, sherried and delicious scotch. The small cask matures the whisky faster as contact with the wood is enhanced. There is a growing trend of experimentation with this maturation process that is welcomed.  As Sringbank explains it - During the 17th and the 18th centuries Campbeltown was a smuggling centre, given the area's topography. One famous story tells of an old woman who was up before the Sheriff for smuggling. She had been found guilty but before passing sentence the Sheriff remarked that he supposed she had not often been found guilty of this crime to which she replied that she hadn't made a drop since the last Rundlet she had made for him!! Translation: A rundlet was used to describe a small cask that held 15-18 gallons before the English adopted the imperial system of measurement in 1824.

Colour: Russet
Nose: Honey, vanilla, chocolate, nougat and toffee in abundance followed by hints of wholesome freshly ground nutmeg.
Palate: Creamy and rich as expected from the nose, with notes of chocolate covered honey comb mixed with pistachio and crushed almonds. Rich and oily from its maturation in small casks, it gives an impression of being older than it's ten years.
Finish: The ground nutmeg is still evident on the finish but the creaminess outstays the spices to a long smooth and sweet finish. With water this dram develops an even sweeter finish, fruity and sugar candy, it becomes even smoother

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