MacNair’s Boutique House of Spirits, a brand curated by acclaimed blender Billy Walker, today launches the next iteration of its decade-old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Lum Reek 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 2.
The brand gets its name from the old Scottish toast to a long and healthy life, ‘lang may yer lum reek’, literally meaning ‘long may your chimney smoke’.
The second instalment combines single malt whiskies from two of the most sought-after regions in Scotland: Speyside and Islay.
With peated and unpeated spirit contained in the blend, the flavour profile is said to entail “gentle smoke and sweet spice in perfect harmony”.
Each aged single malt component was carefully selected by Walker to deliver specific desired sensory characteristics to the final blend, which includes Glenallachie Speyside Scotch whisky.
Once skilfully blended, the spirit was filled to a mix of Sherry, red wine and virgin oak casks for an additional aging period; picking up further character from the wood and allowing the whiskies time to marry.
Batch 2 was subsequently bottled at its natural cask strength of 55.8% ABV, without chill filtering or adding artificial colouring.
Colour: Rich Mahogany.
Nose: Waves of grilled honeycomb, ginger and vanilla, with cinnamon, campfire smoke and treacle.
Taste: Bursting with dark chocolate, burnt orange peel and honeycomb, followed by smoked spices, butterscotch and roasted coffee beans, with notes of ginger on the finish.