Every year, there is also a Season’s Greetings edition of the Campbeltown Loch for Christmas. Thanks to my buddy Pat, I was able to get a hold of the 2016 release. It is clearly darker than the rather pale standard release, indicating other casks went into the mix.
The nose is also a lot more interesting. Dark and sweet, making me guess some sherry casks went into the mix. Baked apples, apricots, banana and brown sugar. Some butane, which sounds somewhat weird, but does work. Wet slate. Hardly any peat. Nicely integrated though.
It is soft and fresh upon arrival and creamier than the regular one. I like that. Honeysweet, though. Vanilla, barley sugars, appels with cinnamon, croissants with good butter and sultanas. A soft development of smoke gives it some depth, without becoming complex.
In the finish, the smoke embraces the spices and lingers fairly long.
Much better than the regular release from 2017, that much is certain. Thanks, Pat!