The Classic Cask sequence from Mossburn Distillers & Blenders (quickly significantly better often called the homeowners of Torabhaig) is a set of small-batch whiskies from particular vintages. Not too long ago they introduced the fifth batch which consists of three new releases, all from the 2007 classic.
We now have Auchroisk matured in refill hogsheads and completed in Bordeaux barrels for one 12 months. Subsequent is Craigellachie matured in ex-bourbon barrels and completed in Oloroso hogsheads. Lastly there’s additionally Macduff completed in Ruby Port hogsheads. Fairly a various trio.
Auchroisk 14 yo 2007 (46%, Mossburn ‘Classic Casks’ 2021, Bordeaux barrel #10.0407.30)
Nostril: begins on earthy notes with vanilla and malty notes. Hints of previous wine barrels and black peppercorns. Additionally a refined layer of raspberries and cranberries on prime. Barely bitter apple and fizzy sherbet too. The wine is just not overtaking the whisky, good.
Mouth: similar stability. The Auchroisk spirit is fairly mild, displaying apples and malty notes, refined toffee and hints of honey. Then there’s a trace of berries and floral pepper. A frivolously tannic feeling of grape pith, oak and aniseed in the direction of the tip.
End: medium size, on bitter berries, with a touch of earthy char and darkish chocolate.
Mild and nice on the nostril, with good depth from the crimson wine barrel. Then again it doesn’t really feel completely balanced within the mouth. To sum up, a good wine end. Obtainable from The Whisky Change or Grasp of Malt for example.
Craigellachie 13 yo 2007 (46%, Mossburn ‘Classic Casks’ 2021, Oloroso hogshead #12.1207.28)
Nostril: a extra weight and barely extra traditional profile than the Auchroisk. Raisins and fruit cake stand out, with autumnal notes like mulchy leaves. A whiff of gun smoke as nicely. Shiny orange peels and chocolate dipped hazelnuts within the background.
Mouth: candy and spicy, with a pleasant texture. There’s some blackcurrant jam and toffee, in addition to cappucino. Black peppercorns. Drops of cough syrup. Tobacco leaves and a touch of leather-based. It’s a meaty spirit, which pairs nicely with the sherry.
End: medium, on oak spice, chocolate and extra tobacco leaves.
A really sturdy, meaty fashion of whisky (worm tubs…) which lends itself to a sherry end. Regardless of the heavy weight, that is fairly wealthy and autumnal. Obtainable from The Whisky Change or Grasp of Malt for example. Rating: 85/100
Macduff 14 yo 2007 (56,4%, Mossburn ‘Classic Casks’ 2021, Ruby Port hogshead #05.1107.29)
Nostril: it’s the floral, fruity facet of Port wine. Violet sweet, toffee, crimson apple, blended with biscuits. A refined smoky, leathery contact. Dried grassy notes. Lastly a aromatic, virtually soapy observe too. This goes in several instructions, exhausting to pin down.
Mouth: not my fashion. The excessive ABV combines with a number of punchy pepper and clove. Blackberry leaves and jammy plums, however all the time with this aromatic edge. Then ginger and a bittersweet woody observe. An excessive amount of wine for me.
End: medium size, spicy and winey. Some stewed fruits within the background, however they fail to return out.
This crosses the road of turning into too winey for my part. In any case not for me, however Port end lovers might disagree. Now obtainable from The Whisky Change or Grasp of Malt for example. Rating: 78/100