The Ghosted Reserve is the first blended malt from William Grant & Sons that contains whisky hailing from long closed distilleries Inverleven and Ladyburn. Both of which have been closed since 1991 and 1975 respectively. Rare Cask Reserves Ghosted Reserve is the first release from the ghosted casks series. An exceptional one-off expression, which is not only rare but completely unrepeatable. This rich, creamy masterpiece offers notes of almond oil and zesty citrus fruit.One of only 4100 individually numbered bottles were created and only 1200 are available to purchase in the UK.
On the nose - cashew nuts and toffee with hints of dark chocolate. Fresh orange peel and cinnamon. Freshly baked bread and cereal notes come through later.
Palate - spices immediately come to the fore - cinnamon, vanilla pods and pepper. Then lots more orange peel, along with other tropical fruits including pineapple and papaya. Warm toffee and raisin notes underpin the proceedings.
Warm and long finish, moving away from the spice character and towards the dark chocolate - reminiscent of sticky toffee pudding. Tasty. A well-balanced blended malt and a rich, oily, dessert-like dram.
ABV = 42.0%.