The third release of their just-as-limited "core release" single malt whisky from the Ardnamurchan distillery on Scotland's west coast.
A 50/50 mix of peated and un-peated spirit, it comprises of 65% ex bourbon cask and 35% ex sherry and is bottled at 46.8%. The "04.21:03" name reflects the bottling month, year and the batch within than month.
16,000 bottles were released around the world, selling out almost instantly from international retailers, before it reached Australia in limited quantities.
Nose: Mussels on a rope, burnt orange peel, glacier mints.
Palate: Salted cashews and peanut brittle, fried bananas, smoldering driftwood.
It's no secret The Oak Barrel is a huge fan of this distillery and this batch is another cracker, balancing lots of elements with mixed fruits and gentle smoke. As with all the releases from the distillery, a QR code on the label gives you access to as much information on the production as possible.
Speaking with The Oak Barrel as part of Sydney Whisky Forum 2020, Bruce described the whisky made at Ardnamurchan as being of its environment.
"We chose Arndamurchan, this remote, rugged, highland, west coastal peninsula, we chose it to build a distillery, not because it would be impossible to get to and all that sort of stuff, but most importantly we chose it because of the climate and what it is and what it can do to whisky.
"We’ve built a distillery, we’re trying to make the best possible spirit that we can but everything else we’re handing over to the environment. If I was to copy and paste Ardnamurchan somewhere else in Scotland or somewhere else in the world, you would get a very different whisky. The profile that we are naturally getting out there is a very maritime, very coastal profile."
- Single Malt