The Single Malts of Scotland, launched 2005, is the whisky range from Specialty Drinks Ltd portfolio. The company is a brainchild of Sukhinder and Raj Singh, two brothers with passion for fine spirits.
They went online in 1999 with introduction of The Whisky Exchange, a site which has grown to become the web’s most famous retailer of whisky and fine spirits with a range close to 8000 products available online at anytime. Director’s Special, crème de la crème of the range consists of the oldest and rarest single malts and targets whisky connoisseurs and collectors. The Bunnahabhain presented here was distilled in 1975 and aged in ex-bourbon hogshead for 43 years. Bottled at natural strength of 41.4% abv in 2018 with an outrun of 341 bottles. (Producer’s tasting note.)
Nose: a stack of fruit tumbles out of the glass; a breakfast buffet of Danish pastries and fresh fruit salad: mango, green banana, crème patissiere, caramelized pastry and slices of candied lemon. Sweet floral notes float above and sharper citrus notes of grapefruit zest and lemon rind swim beneath. Spiced butter develops with time in the glass.
Palate: a flash of elegant oak leads into a world of warming spice; stewed apples and pears dusted with nutmeg and hot cinnamon fade to reveal a damp forest of rich rancio. The spice heat calms and spiced cake batter appears, stirred with raisins.
Finish: sponge-cake vanilla becomes stewed apple that slowly sharpens as it is joined by softly spiced butter.