Kintra has just bottled their 9th so-called Confidential Cask. These are single casks of which the name of the distillery is not revealed – hence the name. Having said that, it is not hard to find out. This one, for example, is an Inchmurrin from 2007. I’m intrigued as Inchmurrin certainly is not in my top ten, but the last few months I hear much praise about this malt. And when Erik decides to bottle a cask… he knows what he is doing.
The nose is surprisingly sweet on lots of caramel, but also baked apples with brown sugar. Some blood orange juice, hint of mocha and dried apricots. A touch of Arabic coffee and soft spices. For some reason, I am transported to a dark and dusty coffee house in Tunisia… Weird but far from unpleasant. I have many good memories about that.
The arrival is fine. Powerful without buring and wonderfully creamy. The palate is the perfect continuation of the nose, but quite spicy on nutmeg and some chili and cinnamon. The dark fruity notes are truly pleasant. The tannins, which really kick in with the second sip, make for a nice balancing act. Does not need water at all.
The finish is long, spicy and warm and leaves the mouth completely dry.
OK, it’s official now. There actually is very good Inchmurrin. Recommended!