A 22-year-old single cask single grain whisky from the closed DUmbarton distillery, bottled by Infrequent Flyers.
This was distilled 24 September 1997 and bottled March 2020 as a 22-year-old.
Drawn from a virgin oak barrel #178 used the finish the whisky, there were 202 bottles at 55.3%.
During its peak in the 1960s Dumbarton was Scotland's largest grain distillery, but the 1938-built site was closed in 2002 as works required to maintain the column stills would have required significant - and impractical - works to the building itself. It had been a major contributor to the Ballantine's blend.
Nose: Sweet and lightly floral, with strong aromas of almonds and marzipan.
Palate: Nutty, woody and aldehydic. Walnut whip with grainy undertones. A chunky slice of Battenberg cake. Oak resin, Madagascan vanilla and honeycomb.
Finish: Mid-length, creamy, sweet and oily.
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 Grain