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Those of you who know me know that I have an irrational attachment to anything that comes of Campbeltown. Not because I'm an expert on Campbeltown expressions; far from it. It simply has some sort of mystical allure that I can't define.
So be it.
The spirit is a blend of 60% first fill sherry hogsheads and 40% re-fill sherry butts and served up at a lip smacking 55.3%.
Nose: My initial impression was of strong rubber flip flops which made me suspect the influence of sulphur. However, a bit of air and patience takes care of that quite well. The nose is quite thick with treacle marmalade and black peppercorns. The sherry is quite dry with a touch of cinnamon smoke.
Palate: Gorgeous delivery! An intense dark spice and cocoa powder rub on a basket of oranges. The chocolate treacle is back and gives it a lovely bitter sweet edge.
Finish: Spectacular! Long and intense with oily chocolate, wood and black peppers.
This is pretty much one of my favorite malts to come out of Campbeltown. What a class act this distillery is.