A 14-year-old single cask from the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery, bottled by Infrequent Flyers.
This was distilled 31 August 2005 and bottled March 2020 as a 14-year-old.
Drawn from refill puncheon 69290, there were 643 bottles at 59.9%.
A young distillery by Scotch standards, Allt-a-Bhainne was built in 1975 by Chivas Brothers. An important component of the 100 Pipers blend (which is hugely popular in Asia) it is emerging as a single malt concern, with soft fruit and a gentle smokiness becoming the house style. This single cask is a little older than the official bottlings, so doesn't carry that smoke.
Nose: Fruity and floral, with hints of almonds and sweet popcorn, nutty undertones.
Palate: Lots of depth. Honey and caramel, nutty, with cereal notes - Crunchy Nut cornflakes. Cookies and cream.
Finish: Mid-length, creamy, with a spicy finale.
Infrequent Flyers is part of the Alistair Walker Whisky Company, which was established in 2018. Walker, son of Billy Walker (GlenDronach/BenRiach-now-GlenAllachie), has over two decades of working around Scotch whisky in various capacities.
The name Infrequent Flyers refers to the cask selection process and Alistair’s penchant for discovering and introducing excellent single casks from distilleries not often experienced as single malts. These includes malts earmarked for blended and sometimes owned by bigger companies who have not released them regularly or consistently to the market.
The first batch of whiskies from Infrequent Flyers to make it to Australia arrived on shelves in June 2020, with further selections arriving late December from subsequent batches.
- Single Malt