Whitlaw 2014

This is still quite a young cask, and may still be rather bracing to drink at this stage. Still, peated whiskies often benefit from a bracing nature, even lightly peated ones like this malt distilled on Orkney. It is worth considering that this distillery has demonstrated time and time again that their whisky can benefit from an extremely long maturation, and some very well loved releases are very old indeed. The mellowed honey notes from a long hogshead maturation get deeper over time and often really start to show themselves around 10-12 years of age.

Auction estimate: £11,000 – £13,000

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Cask Details

DistilleryWhitlaw / Secret Orkney
Age6 years
Distillation DateJune 16, 2014
Cask TypeHogshead
Re-gauge ABV59.70%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)135.82 litres
New Bulk Litres227.50 litres
Re-gauge DateJune 29, 2020
Cask Number295

Tasting Notes

N/A – No sample was made available.

About The Distillery

If whisky had existed at the time the Vikings ruled the seas, there’s little question that malt from the islands of Orkney would have been the whisky that gave them the courage to embark on expeditions and the loquacity to spin tales of their deeds long into the night.

Distilled on the Orkney islands off the north coast of Scotland, the whisky is suffused with the traditions, iconography and myths of the region. The landscape around the distillery is stark and treeless – a place where the green of grassy hills rolls straight into a profound blue ocean. For half the year, the Orkneys are bathed in pale northern sunlight, the other half plunges them into cold and sentimental night. It is a place where one can truly imagine that Norse Gods and animal spirits stalk the clifftops and hide behind the cresting waves.

In the middle of all this, this malt offers a beautifully mellow dram – sweet and honeyed, perhaps reminiscent of the Norsemen’s mead that predated it. The peat drawn from the local treeless moors is floral and dry when burned – a perfect highlight to this more gentle style.

Buyer’s note: Whitlaw is a pseudonym for a secret Orkney distillery. When bottled, the label may refer to the distillery brand name as such: “distilled at XX distillery’, as long as it’s not overly prominent.

Buyer’s note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.


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Auction Details

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