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A trip to the 'whisky exchange' shop in London's Borough Market is a unique experience. In addition to the 1500 bottles on display and the friendly and knowledgeable staff is the casks.
At any one time they have 4 or 5 unique casks chosen from various distilleries. It's normal to find a grain, islay, highland, speyside and maybe a rum or brandy.
You can have a taste and then make a choice. The bottle is then filled up from a tap right in front of you. Bring the bottle back for a refill at a later date and experience a slightly different whisky due to maturation/oxcidation.
On a recent visit I chose a peated 1997 Bunnahabhain. It cost £52 for a 500ml bottle. It is a true cask strength whisky, unfiltered and untouched before bottling.
Nose - Sherry, rubber, chocolate, melon and a whiff of light smoke.
Palate - Spice and vanilla chocolate followed by honey and pear. Quite oily in the mouth and then comes the smoke. It's prominent but classy, leaving a mouthful of ash and dry oak.
Finish - Oak and a rounded dollop of sherry make a sweet but dry finish. Smoke, cream and caramel follow to wrap up a very rewarding drink.
Really powerful stuff. Somewhere between a robust highland and a pokey islay. I may just have to go back for the refill.