Single Grain Scotch Whisky from Caledonian, an Edinburgh distillery long since decommissioned. Nicknamed “The Cally” by its workers, it’s the oldest Caledonian ever released by the original distillers, and a true individual – highly complex yet wonderfully open and accessible, with a compelling nose.
Appearance – Warm antique gold, with russet lights.
Nose – Sweet fruit chews and fresh fruits over a base of vanilla sponge, with a hint of fresh-planed oak. Later, a medley of sultanas, soft, over-ripe bananas and honey on a cinnamon Danish.
Body – Medium.
Palate – Immediate, with fresh acidity: lightly sweet and oily, with smooth chocolate and vanilla, a spicy warmth and a slightly bitter pungency emerging on the mid-palate.
Finish – Oily, with finely coating dry, dark chocolate and fresh oak-wood. A rising pungency offers up espresso coffee and charred notes of treacle toffee and chocolate cake.