Gold - Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2014, International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver - Distillers' Single Malts between 13 and 20 years old - 2014, International Spirits Challenge
Silver - Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2017, International Wine & Spirit Competition
This 17 year old from the Pulteney distillery was a double gold winner at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, matured in Spanish Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks.
The nose is clean and fresh with great balance. There is a profusion of fruit, from fruit salad with honeydew melon and pear to dried fruits, sultanas in a hot cross bun, fresh from the oven, a lightly salted butter melts over it with notes of fudge and a hint of something vaguely green. There is a lovely creaminess to the nose with notes of soft whirling smoke and crème fraîche.
The palate is quite full and very sweet with sugared citrus peels and toffee. There are some notes of beeswax and honeycomb and fudge rises with malted barley and cereal sweetness.
The finish is long with a herbal edge and a chewy oak.