For many years, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd. has experimented in the use of differing cask sizes for the maturation of Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch whiskies. The research stemmed from a simple premise that there is more interaction between the wood and the spirit over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid “melding” of wood, air and alcohol.
This whisky is a 20 year old Glen Grant. It spent seven months in a rebuilt sherry octave cask which promotes extra contact between the whisky and the oak. The cask number for this whisky was 446106.
There are notes of pear on the nose, with oats, cut hay and cherry. It is malty and inviting with freshly baked pastry notes. The palate is creamy and fills the mouth with notes of apples, pear and aniseed. A little herbal character also becomes apparent, alongside smoked ham and toffee. This whisky has good length with nuances of winter spices and maltiness.