We’re having a Bannockburn theme this month with 2 articles that are reaching readiness by bizarre coincidence. Last week I visited the Bannockburn visitor centre with family and picked up their specially bottled Schiltron release. This was prior to visiting Cadenhead’s who have been holding onto a bottle of the Spirit of Freedom bottled especially for the 700th anniversary.
They also stock a very limited edition of Schiltron (pictured above) with an asking price of just £300 and an edition of 100 bottles. This is an 18 year old whisky matured in first-fill bourbon barrels. The packaging is a step up but I really doubt the tasting experience justifies several hundred pounds for what seems like tourist pricing.
Distillery: unknown but its in the Highland region
Age: a No age statement whisky
Strength: 40% ABV
Price: this 5cl was £5.99, the 70cl will set you back £60
Colour: extremely pale so pinot gris
Nose: a rush of almonds and citrus lemon. This is a shy or (more likely) young whisky that needs some work; pancakes, a biscuit feel and white grapes. Water doesn’t bring anything to the party.
Taste: a blast of vanilla sweetness that swiftly transcends into smoke – where did that characteristic come from? That’s the only interesting thing about this young whisky on the palate; the sudden transition from sweetness and arrival of smoke. It leaves me thinking which Highland distilleries would engage in the smoke aspect. Water is of no benefit as it removes the smoky edge leaving you with virtually nothing.