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  • Writer's pictureKris

Dornoch 2017 5 YO 58.2% (IB, PST-Thompson Bros)


Plums, orange peels and woody.

Nice scale: 85/100

Distilled in 2017 at Dornoch, a highland distillery-if you have to classify them. Matured in a first-fill bourbon octave (Cask #33) leading to a turnout of only 88 bottles. I don't see why and how any Asian can resist this number. Bottled in 2023, making it a 5 years old single malt at a cask strength of 58.2%.

If you really care.

The Barley is Plummage Archer, and the yeast is Brewers Single, with a C.

Dornoch 2017 5 YO 58.2%

Nose: When first opened, it has orange peels, plums and a bit of saliva. Ethanol is not offensive, more towards a refreshing style. Slowly you have the brown sugar expression, but that's the furthest I can explore before I'm summoned to fetch my wife. More later. You also have the woods and sandalwood with a slightly sharp expression at the very end.

Mouth: Sweet, orange peels, a bit of zestiness in it, oily creaminess, and you can feel the thickness of it together with the plums. Then the oak spice is coming through.

Finish: Oily and hints of woodiness and saltiness.

Nice scale: 85/100

-Above the scale for a 5-year-old, an interesting young whisky, full of plums and orange peels, not young and harsh. One of the better young/NAS whisky I had for a while. Got it from the ballot so won't complain (The secondary market price is crazy).

Dornoch 2017 5 YO 58.2% (IB, PST-Thompson Bros)


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