The Loch Fyne The Living Cask 1745
50cl / 43.6% abv
Winner of a liquid gold award in the 2016 Jim Murray whisky bible - scoring an impressive 94.5 points.
Carefully selecting a used bourbon cask with tight staves and a good heritage, we created a marriage of what we considered to be the ‘the best’ Islay single malts. And so The Living Cask® was born, with that combination of Islay malts at its heart forevermore. Respecting our Inveraray roots, we christened it The Living Cask 1745 in a nod to the year the town was founded by The Duke of Argyll.
You can buy and enjoy The Living Cask 1745 today. It’s a very fine dram, and its excellent Islay credentials can be tasted in every drop – no wonder it won a Liquid Gold award in Jim Murray’s 2016 Whisky Bible.
Jim Murray's official tasting note:
n23.5 an intriguing two-toned nose which, if you concentrate on one side, offers firm smokiness giving further edge to the unyielding malts; and from the other angle is a complete softie...! t23.5 the delivery takes the path of the second option with an immediate eiderdown softness on delivery but doesn’t duck out of juicy and, at times, forceful barleysugar then Fisherman Friend notes...all very sweet shop; f23.5 remains silky; now with a few spices joining the rolling smoke; b24 one of the best whiskies ever created at quarter to six in the evening....and one quite impossible not to love. 46.3%
Nose: Sweet smoke, like burning heather, it then opens to a chimney soot and coal tar. There's a nice maltiness with a touch of coconut. Over time this is reminiscent of harbours and old rope - Typical Islay!
Palate: Big, bold and yet balanced delicately. An oily texture, there's an ashy note underlying with lots of peat, tar, tobacco and charred oak
Finish: Peppery but with a sweet edge. It really stands out from the crowd.