Annandale Single Cask
Annandale 3 Years old matured on a PX Sherry Hoghshead @ 55%/Alc
At the beginning of 2017 we got the chance to taste the unpeated and peated new make spirit of Annandale.
We liked the unpeated spirit and we thought it would be a good idea to place it on a PX sherry cask. Friends of whiskey thought this was a risky idea, but we decided to go for it anyway.
The Magnificent Five (Christophe Demuynck, Peter Gevaert, Stefaan Vitse, Steven Vandenbussche and Johan Tack) bought the PX barrel in May 2017, during our Scotland trip, which was filled on 19/06/2017 at Annandale. Also at Annandale they frowned when they heard that we wanted to use a “Fresh PX-Sherry Hogshead”. At the time, our barrel was the very first PX barrel on the distillery and I suspect this is still the only Hogshead to date.
Our Lowland trip of 2019 brought us back to Annandale where we could taste the barrel for the first time. We found that the barrel did more than its job. This whiskey should definitely be bottled after 3 years.
A visit to Annandale at the end of February 2020 confirmed this suspicion. We decided to bottle on 19/06/2020, the day on which we were allowed to call this spirit whiskey.
Ypres Whiskey Friends & Mark Dermul got to taste a sample from us. Ypres Whiskey Friends decided to purchase 100 bottles, Mark & Manny went for 50 bottles. The alcohol percentage was brought to 55%. For us the ideal strength and the fact that I was able to celebrate my 55th birthday on 19/06/2020 also played a role ????. Mark's tasting notes sum it up very nicely: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=7096
Ypres Whiskey Friends are sold out, MMM sold 50 bottles in less than 45 minutes.
There are still 100 bottles available through Top Malts for a very democratic 65 euros per bottle: https://topmalts.be/nl/
Meanwhile, the barrel was refilled with unpeated spirit and this time we don't rest for 5 years. If the whiskey gods are in my favor, I will be 60 ????
Enjoy this beautiful Lowlander
Johan Tack for The Magnificent Five
- 70 cl
- Alcohol %
- 55 %
- Country of origin
- PX Sherry