Whitlaw 6 Year Old 2015 (Cask 565A)
Distilled at Highland Park (Whitlaw) and then specially selected by The Single Cask, this whisky was finished in an ex-Caol Ila Octave cask, seasoned with Pedro Ximenez, and then bottled in 2021 at cask strength of 57.6%.
Pedro Ximénez (pronounced Him-en-eth) is a super sweet grape variety, most commonly used to produce a delightful Spanish sherry. The resulting sherry produces an excellent seasoning for whisky casks.
The small size of an Octave cask means a greater percentage of the liquid within is able to interact with the seasoned wood. The result is a greatly intensified flavour and colour profile, at a much reduced finishing time.
Whitlaw is already slightly peated, but married together with the additional peaty residue of the Ex-Caol Ila cask, along with the succulent sweetness of the sherry, results in an absolutely delightful dram.