As with Champagne, we can create vertically-integrated bottlings too. We can use specific harvest attributes when creating a cuvée, where one harvest’s characteristics, determined by the climate of that growing season, can be matched with other harvests to create the style we are looking for. The more terroirs and barley varieties, the greater the permutations possible. And ours are unparalleled. Because we have taken the effort to forge close relationships with a number of farmers, many of whom grow just for us.
Thus freed from the tyranny of the age statement we can create cuvées to suit a specific mood, the right occasion – bracing, refreshing aperitif drams and brooding, soulful, reflective drams – for ultimate drinking pleasure. We can do it because we understand our work, the interaction of the flavour compounds of single malt whisky – scientifically proven to be the most complex spirit on the planet – the interaction with, the tannins, lignins and vanillins, the oak flavours of the cask, and how they respond to marine air and time. Oh, and, of course, a little love.