This month we have a whisky you can be certain you can’t get anywhere else on the planet. An absolutely amazing cask strength, 11 year old, lightly peated single malt whisky, fully aged in a first fill Pedro Ximinez cask from the smallest of the Cambpeltown distilleries – Glen Scotia.
It is our pleasure to announce the August Malt of the Month – the Glen Scotia Exclusive PX Cask No. 19/380-8, individually numbered and bottled exclusively for The Single Malt Whisky Club.
We are so excited about this whisky, we have been working on getting it for over a year and once we tasted it we bought the whole expression for our members.
This is an 11 year old, lightly peated Cambpeltown whisky, aged in a first fill Pedro Ximinez Hogshead for 11 years. Non-chill filtered, no colouring added and presented at it’s natural cask strength of 52.2% ABV. This is a strictly limited release and we have them all them!
This magnificent single cask offering is a lightly peated whisky made from 100% Scottish East Coast peated barley. As per Glen Scotia’s preferred method, the fermentation is longer than most distilleries at 72 hours. This allows plenty of time for the acids and alcohols in the mash to react to form the lovely esters that power the fruity/floral notes we love from Glen Scotia.
Distilled in the small batch stills of Glen Scotia Distillery in 2010 and put straight to work in a first fill Pedro Ximinez hogshead. Aged on site in the distillery’s original dunnage warehouse for 11 years – allowing the Cambpeltown maritime influence to assert itself and work it’s magic.
The result is a whisky that is complex and utterly delicious. Rich in sweet fruit and florally esters, yet with a salty-savoury side – caressed by the tail end of a smouldering beach bonfire. Fantastic with cheese and charcuterie, and as I found out last night – the clove and gingery spices in this dram match perfectly with a spicey Pho soup.
Not sure how we’ve managed to keep this a secret until now – we have been bursting to tell…. well, anyone outside our families. Our kids and wives are SICK of hearing about it, but we’ve had to tell someone! The current worldwide shipping situation, combined with shutdowns in British production, meant we’ve had to wait a lot longer than normal for this to arrive – and we’ve been eagerly watching it from afar during every step of its journey from barrel to boat to Melbourne! We are so happy to be finally able to share this magnificent dram with the greatest [not so] little whisky club in the world!
Nose: salty plumbs, cloves, some floral scents (jasmine?) and a salty charcuterie note.
Palate: delicious and rich and oily, spiced fruit with dark chocolate
Finish: A warm, long and chewy finish with a kaleidoscope of salt, sweet, umami and distant smoke.
A deliciously complex and full-bodied whisky with all the intense sweet fruit we expect from a first fill PX cask, magnified by the maritime salt, then wonderfully rounded with delicate campfire smoke. What the peat lacks in medicinal notes, it makes up for in cured meat umami.