We can’t quite believe we can say this, but for the third time this year we are excited to release sister casks, and the second time from Port Charlotte.
The reception our 20 year old sisters had earlier in the year was superb, and we are sure these 18 year old sisters will get similar reviews.
Dramfool release #59 is a Port Charlotte distilled on 27th October 2004 and filled into cask #1197 it laid undisturbed in a first fill bourbon cask until being bottled 3rd November 2022.
Originally purchased by private cask buyers direct from the distillery, we were privileged to be chosen to bottle it after their ownership was complete, being sure some bottles made it to the sons they had been bought with in mind! As always this spirit has been treated with the greatest respect and bottled at natural cask strength of 52.7% without added colour or chill-filtration giving the truest representation of this rare whisky we can, and WOW. With only 207 bottles it surely wont last long!
Don’t take our word for it but let Jim McEwan - the man who with close friend Duncan McGillivray – brought this whisky into the world, gives his thoughts.
Tasting notes by Jim McEwan
Colour - Harvest Gold Body- Mellow & Mature
Aromas - Beautiful oak, peat & hints of Atlantic swells leading onto Coastal Flora & Fauna. It has a true Hebridean DNA that works beautifully with the spice from the Bourbon that first filled the cask. Little hints of Jupiter & Pine drift by on a classic Islay marine overture all held in the warmth of a peat fire.
Palate - The texture of the spirit is beautiful, viscous, mellow and brimming with all that makes Islay malts so unique. Flavours of melon & pear emerge held beautifully by the oak & peat smoke, the crisp sweetness of the malt works well with the oak which delivers a beautiful spicy drift as the oak expands releasing gentle hints of bourbon spices. This spirit is at its very best. The finish is long and mellow, a true son of Islay!!