The Cally 40 Year Single Grain Cask Strength Scotch
A single grain (corn) whiskey from the now shuttered Caledonian Distillery, 700 bottles were released as part of Diageo's 2015 Special Releases in the US. The exotic nose mixes camphor with intense butterscotch sweetness and vague floral notes — a curious hint of things to come. The body is as powerful as the build-up hints at. The attack is all butterscotch — super-saturated with Demerara sugar — spiked with cinnamon and cloves. The camphor notes build as that initial sugar rush fades, taking on a pungent character as it builds to a fiery finish. Here the fruitier elements of the whisky come to the fore — baked apples and nectarines — along with some gentle rosemary and thyme notes. A scent of nutmeg closes the door as The Cally 40 fades away - undoubtedly one of the best and most unusual single grain whiskies.