Glasgow 5 Year Old (Peated) / Single Virgin Oak Cask / Finn Thomson
Distilled: 02/05/2018 / Bottled: 25/09/2023
Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
1 of 280 numbered bottles from a single Virgin Oak Cask (#478)
Finn's Story of the Cask
I first tried this sample when it was just 4 years old on a dramatic rainy ascent of Ben Cruachan. As we approached the Cruachan Dam at the foot of the mountain, the heavens opened and we stopped for our first dram of the day. An initial swig revealed an intensely sweet and smoky dram albeit the high alcoholic strength clouded our ability to taste the finer qualities of the whisky. However, as we poured the sample into our Glencairns, the thunderous Scottish rain flooded into our glasses diluting the drams in hand. The fresh rain water softened the alcohol and created a whole new level of fruitiness that wasn’t apparent before. For this reason I have decided to reduce this release from 61% down to 56.2% to replicate that effect of the rainwater falling in the glass. The intensity of the peat remains but it is balanced with a vanilla sweetness and overripe banana note that make this dram the perfect one to warm you up next time you are caught in the Scottish rain.