STYLE: SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
REGION: SCOTLAND (HIGHLANDS)
This is the first release from Scotland’s most northern mainland distillery in Thurso, a wee gem of a malt crafted by the heart and skill that master distiller Shane Fraser. Barely three years of age, this inaugural bottling is matured in ex-Islay quarter casks, and it’s an absolute joy to taste the effects of maturation without the wood, revealing a nimble, refined distillate that is surprisingly complex. The old guard’s thumbprint is all over this, with band-aids and hospital gauze on the nose, and a palate that is decidedly burlesque, teasing of smoke, refreshing menthol and tinned fruit, and with a finish that leaves the taste buds begging for more.