Duncan Taylor is an independent bottler and blender of Scotch whisky, founded in Glasgow in 1938, and has ownership of one of the largest privately-held collections of rare scotch whisky casks. For upwards of 40 years the team at Duncan Taylor has experimented by maturing whiskies in smaller casks based on the simple premise that there is more wood interaction with the whisky over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid melding of wood, air and alcohol. Octave casks are tiny barrels (one eighth of the size of a standard cask) holding just 50 litres of whisky for maximum oak influence on the whisky.
The Huntly is a 100% blended malt from two iconic sister-distilleries located in the Speyside region. Distilled in 1997 the Huntly spent 19 years in a bourbon cask and was then finished for 6 months in a reconstructed ex-Sherry wood octave.
The total output for this product worldwide was only 98 bottles.
Classic Speyside light fruity sweetness suggest the origin of the malts in this expression. Loads of citrus peels, honey and vanilla here with digestive biscuits and brown sugar, too.
Apple crumble, orange peel, and that oaky vanilla spice before toffee notes come through, all underlined by a maltiness.
More drying here, with cedar wood notes and warm spices.
20 years old
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