WHAT DIFFERENCE CAN ONE CASK MAKE?
Sometimes magic is most mesmerising when it takes you by surprise. We’d been searching for something to partner with a parcel of malt whisky from the closed distillery of Imperial, trying to make the most of its beautiful flavour. Then in 2019, the answer appeared out of nowhere. We realised that a remarkably precocious whisky from a Sherry cask experiment combined perfectly, and a new iteration of Magic Cask revealed itself. It was quite a revelation – one exceptional cask with such an extraordinary influence.
HOW THE MAGIC HAPPENED
After a year in ex-Bourbon barrels, we re-racked spirit from a heavyweight Speyside distillery into ten Oloroso Sherry-seasoned butts, prepared for us by José y Miguel Martín in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Cask #2 had no right to develop such compelling character in so short a space of time, but then, careful methodology always benefits from a little luck. When combined with the parcel from the Imperial Distillery that had been hiding its true calling for years, we discovered an exceptionally rich and layered blended malt Scotch whisky that we just loved.
A KIND OF ALCHEMY
Magic Cask offers aromas of marmalade and chai tea spices with hints of plum. Ripe, golden dessert apples dominate the luscious palate, supported by an oaky richness. Savour this whisky neat as a digestif to appreciate its power and depth.
Of course, an article like this can only tell you so much, which is why we’re hosting a virtual tasting on March 21st where you can really get to know Magic Cask. Click the banner below to sign up.
If you can’t wait that long, please reach out to your local specialist spirit retailer for availability or pick up a bottle from our online shop now. For those based in the U.S., you can expect to see it on shelves from the beginning of February.