As We Get It – Highland Whisky – 67.9% (Ian McLeod & Co. Ltd.)
67.9% ABV, £43.50 for 70cl available from Whisky Galore@ The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum
What they say:
‘As We Get It’
Single Malt Scotch Whiskies
‘Straight From The Cask’
A well-respected brand in Scotland, these unique and quirky Highland and Islay single malt Scotch whiskies are made the old fashioned way.
A ‘valuable’ addition to any whisky collection, ‘As We Get It’ is bottled straight from the cask in the traditional manner.
Unchillfiltered for a richer, smoother taste, both whiskies’ colour and strength change with each bottling, so no two bottlings are ever the same.
Traditional packaging complements the ‘As We Get It’ theme.
What I say:
This is the 67.9% ABV / 119° proof Highland single malt which is lacking the ‘Aged 8 Years’ statement on the label.
Dark amber ruby
Christmas cake, fruity sherry, cocoa powder and strong dark chocolate
(Requires water!) At 67.9% this is incredibly strong and overwhelms the palate; however a liberal dosage of water reveals Christmas cake or Christmas pudding, plum, cherry, fig, honey sweet, chocolate and cocoa almost a little bitter like mocha (chocolate/coffee)
Medium long with deep fruits and cocoa powder
Would I buy it again:
Once diluted this is a cracker of a sherry bomb dram, most likely from Glenfarclas Distillery was the consensus opinion amongst those tasting it though this would assume that McLeod’s don’t make the distinction of Speyside being a specific sub-area of the Highland region. Regardless, this is highly alcoholic and massively influenced by the sherry-cask it was matured in; you can water this down a long way and still get plenty of flavour from this. Be very wary of drinking this ‘As You Get It’! Once diluted it is a very fine dram and I would be surprised if it wasn’t still 8 years old.