Cask Investment Firm Launches New Scotch Line With Focus On Mythical Beasts
If you’re a fan of whiskey bottles with eye-catching artwork, Whisky cask-specializing company Spiritfilled has the line of whiskeys for you.
The company is launching a series of independent bottlings called “Mythical Beasts.” Each bottle will be filled with a fine single cask whiskey and feature its own unique artwork based on a different mythical creature.
The first release is a 12-year-old Caol Ila finished in a Pedro Ximinez sherry cask. The bottle design is devoted to the Qilin, a hooved chimerical creature with a unicorn-esque horn from Chinese mythology that is said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler.
Spiritfilled’s Mythical Beasts Caol Ila is available for purchase on spiritfilled.co.uk. A 700-milliliter bottle retails for about $116.
Spiritfilled provided the following tasting notes for the Caol Ila release, courtesy of Ian Wisniewski, spirits writer and broadcaster:
- Nose: Initial earthiness. Black olives in brine, followed by burnt toast, barbecue and asphalt notes. Then caramel and toffee apples add richness, with Brazil nuts at the edges.
- Palate: Gentle, yielding mouthfeel, like silk draped across the tongue. Toasted, barbecue notes emerge spanning the palate. As the barbecue notes intensify, juicy, citrus top notes appear. These continue with creamy vanilla and caramel. There is a base layer of dry oak and digestive biscuits.
- Finish: Dryness and toastiness build up into barbecue notes. Light maltyness and oak follow, and finally fruity sweetness.
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