Bottle No. 5 / 197
Mosstowie malt was produced at Miltonduff Distillery between 1964 and 1981. The whisky was distilled in lomond still – an experimental cross between a column and a pot still.
It had the bulb shaped bottom of the standard copper pot still and a thick, wide neck resembling a coffee can, which housed three rectifying plates that could be opened in varying degrees from a horizontal to the vertical position, increasing or decreasing the reflux action. Almost entire output of Mosstowie went into blends, mainly Ballantine’s. Mosstowie 31 years old, part of Signatory Cask Strength Collection contains whisky distilled on June 15, 1979 and aged in ex-bourbon cask no. 12907. Bottled on June 21, 2010 at natural strength of 50.4% abv with an outrun of 197 bottles.
Nose: pretty oaky, forest floor, summer meadow, hay barn, vanilla, toffee, apples, pears, touch of eucalyptus and cinnamon and delicate peppery notes.
Palate: spicy, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, lemon grass, white pepper, vanilla, toffee, cocoa, licorice, hints of pine resin and lingering oaky dryness.
Finish: pretty long, oaky and spicy with notes of pepper and ginger and touch of mint.