|Distilled on 19 February 1986 and bottled in February 2014 at 28 years of age, only 323 bottles of this “superb”, 93 point-scoring single malt were made and it clearly impressed Jim Murray. Founded in Portsoy in 1875, the distillery was mothballed nine months after this was made, making this rare and getting rarer. Bought by BenRiach in 2013, the distillery was re-opened, which is sure to spur interest in these hard-to-find rare cask releases.|
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Average critic rating : 93.0 points
Batch 1 hogshead, cask no. 2101, dist 19 Feb 86. Nose: sublime fruit intervention on the rampant honey. Moist cherry fruit cake and vanilla also showing well. Taste: and off goes those honey tones again. Fabulous marriage between soothing ulmo and grittier manuka. A little maple syrup says heel. Finish: bitter marmalade as the tannins begin to show form. Balance: a spotless cask which has more grey hairs than you might expect for its age. Superb, though. 43.7%
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