To our US friends and partners, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
A warm glow from the fire, well fed and well rested, things start to quieten down, we now long to contemplate something to savour... Here's the story of a Lowland whisky with a Highland heart from Bonnie Scotland
The Lomond hills dominate the rich farmlands of Stratheden, for many years they were well known as the habitat of smugglers and illegal distillers. Stratheden distillery, a now lost distillery, thrived in the market town of Auchtermuchty in Fife 1829 -1926. Sadly, like many it succumbed to the challenges of the 20th century. After meticulous research, we managed to piece together a profile worthy of a homage to the pioneering spirit of Alexander Bonthrone and his family. It appears Alexander's younger brother was the first commercial maltster in Scotland, he sent barley to Orkney and brought back peat. This briny peat would give the Lowland spirit a distinctly coastal edge - hence a Highland heart!
Stratheden Archivist 46% Non-chill-filtered tasting notes:
Aroma: leathery with traces of dried fruit, madeira cake and tinned pears, and a suspicion of scorched newspaper in the background. After a while a hint of pastry, hard toffee and sweet tobacco. A drop of water increases the pastry note, now buttery, and replaces the fruity notes with waxy green apple.
Taste: Sweet and peppery to taste, with a trace of salt and a tangy long finish. Lingering heat. Similar profile with water, at reduced levels, but without the salt and warm finish.
Overall this is tangy, rich and velvety - pleasingly long, it’s a dram that caresses the palate
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