In 2014 Annandale produced 85 casks of peated Man O’ Sword. A small number of these casks were bottled at just over 3 years of age, capturing that never-to-be-repeated moment in time when the first of Annandale’s spirit transitioned into Single Malt Scotch Whisky……and superb it is too (see Jim Murray’s 2019 Whisky Bible)! You can become one of very few Scotch Whisky lovers to own a bottle of Annandale Distillery’s first peated Single Malt for 100 years.
Soft smoke at first, a mixture of log fire, toasted biscuit and Darjeeling tea. This gives way to a mixed tropical fruit with nectarine, melon and mango. There’s underlying creaminess with vanilla, honey and a note of burnt orange with resinous wood. The finish is long with sweet honey and vanilla. Peat smoke and leather return at the very end.
A well balanced, complex whisky. The peat flavours of smoke, tea and toast are well matched with mixed tropical fruit, cream and a long, honeyed finish.