Nc'nean Huntress 2022
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This is the first release from a spring seasonal release from the relatively new Nc’Nean (pronounced ‘nook-knee-anne’) distillery, which was founded in March 2017 and became the first fully organic modern distillery in Scotland powered by 100% renewable energy! The series is set to explore all things flavour, and in this case that means experimenting with yeast.
Huntress is made with a combination of three yeasts, one of which (called Distila Max RM, if you like to geek out) is usually used for rum instead of whisky, meaning there’s loads of tropical fruit flavours in here. The single malt is matured in 61% STR (shaved, toasted, and re-charred) ex-red wine and 39% ex-bourbon casks, which then adds lots of rich caramel and toasty oak to the otherwise fruity mix.
Dark toffee, buttered sourdough, and fresh nectarine, with waves of tropical mango and pineapple.
Mango sorbet, yeasty bread, runny honey, and fried banana, with flecks of minerality.
Zingy underripe pineapple, dry oak, and a dusting of baking spice.