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17 Year Old Orkney 2000 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Hailing from a not-so-secret Orkney distillery, this single cask bottling for the boys at the Dornoch Distillery has been described by the expert critics at Whisky Fun as “rather excellent juice… punchy and muscular”. With only 350 bottles filled, you might have to be punchy and muscular to get hold of one, or at least fast online.
This Orkney Malt was distilled at the turn of the millennium and matured in an American hogshead, but who created it? Well, the distillery of origin isn’t a very well-kept secret. Firstly, look at that Viking-inspired label designed by the talented Katie Guthrie. Secondly Phil and Simon Thompson have said it definitely doesn’t come from Scapa, and that doesn’t leave many options. And finally, there’s the flavour profile. The sweetness of honey, barley sugars, pear drops, peanut brittle, hot cross buns, vanilla fudge and marmalade, is perfectly balanced by the savoury edge of driftwood washed up on the shore, olive brine, Lapsang Souchong, barbeque sauce and something woolly, maritime and unmistakably Orcadian like a North Ronaldsay sheep. Add a drop of water and oiliness, lemon peel, wildflowers and something reminiscent of real ale and cider festivals spring up. The complexity is phenomenal and intriguing. As is the value for money when compared to the recent 17-year-old official releases from this “secret” distillery.
Philip and Simon, better known as the Thompson Brothers, run the award-winning Dornoch Castle Hotel Whisky Bar – a legend amongst drinkers of old and unusual Scotch. These guys really know their onions. They’ve now branched out by building the Dornoch Distillery in the minuscule Old Fire Station behind the castle. As they wait for their whisky to come of age, they’ve released a stunning Organic Highland Gin and a number of single cask bottlings, of which this is one.
£18.57 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2797870
Style No.: 697156
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 56.5%
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