Chorlton Highland 18yo
This is a mystery peated Highland single malt, rumoured to be from a rather well-known distillery (Scotland's Highest Mountain one...)…
The nose has a complex aromatic fruitiness (orange, fig leaf, mango, Juicy Fruit) with savoury smoke (soy sauce, liquorice and sage, BBQ) drifting beneath. The palate is sweet, lightly syrupy in texture, and smokier than the nose, with papaya, lemon, salty green olives, black treacle bacon and a lingering and slightly medicinal peat smoke.
It’s the balance of a rather lush fruitiness with a sweet/savoury smoke that really makes this one. It made me think of old Caol Ila and Laphroaig at points, which can’t be a bad thing!
This refill barrel produced 267 bottles at a cask strength of 54.0%