Hunter Laing, The 2020 Kinship Collection (6 x 700ml)
Hunter Laing, 2020 Kinship Series
A beautiful suite of six ancient whisky gems, the Kinship Series is a yearly release from Independent Bottler, Hunter Laing & Co. celebrating the Feis Ile Festival as their new Ardnahoe Distillery comes on-line.
Highly sought after and in short supply, the series is available in its individual parts or as a whole.
No. 1, Highland Park 30YO, 43.1%
No. 1 in the 2020 Kinship series is a 30YO Highland Park, aged in a refill hogshead carefully selected by Scott Laing which yielded 439 bottles.
Expect a delicate and caressing body with depth of flavour typical of this distillery.
Very heathery on the nose with earthy, mossy notes, malt biscuits in an old cupboard, candied lemon zest on a windy shore, faint hints of peat phenol.
Continues on BBQ surf and turf and malty notes with highland heather honey.
An intensity of flavours along with the complexity for which the distillery is famous.
No. 2, Ardbeg 28YO, 50.1%
No. 2 in the 2020 Kinship series is a 28YO Ardbeg, aged in a refill hogshead carefully selected by Scott Laing which yielded 251 bottles.
Expect a rich and robust body, unmistakeable in its origins with a wonderful contrast of layers.
The nose is presented with salt-sprayed peat, iodine, clove, cookie dough, heather honey, and cinnamon.
Quite tarry on the palate, with medicinal notes, liquorice, camphorwood, and a touch of orange zest along with peat as on a sea breeze.
It leads to a lemony, lingering, and effortlessly elegant finish.
No. 3, Bowmore 30YO, 58%
No. 3 in the 2020 Kinship series is a 30YO Bowmore, aged in a refill Oloroso sherry cask carefully selected by Andrew Laing which yielded 256 bottles.
Expect full flavour, a rich but structured, mesmerisingly textured body.
Dark fruit notes with light peat reek on the nose, alongside nutmeg, walnuts, figs and dates.
Crispy bacon, sweet lemons, leather, prunes and tobacco on the palate alongside honeyed almonds, burnt orange zest and clove.
Top-class Oloroso sherry-matured Bowmore depth and elegance.
No. 4, Bunnahabhain 30YO, 45.5%
No. 4 in the 2020 Kinship series is a 30YO Bunnahabhain, aged in a refill hogshead carefully selected by Stewart Laing which yielded 451 bottles.
Expect a velvety smooth and mellow body with seductive layers of flavour.
Fresh lemon zest, ginger, almonds, nutmeg, malt filled grist bin, ozone on the nose.
Markedly fresh and salivating arrival on the palate, subtle at first, growing with time encompassing citrus, brine and a sponge-cake sweetness.
A beautifully delicate and elegant Bunnahabhain.
No. 5, Caol Ila 30YO, 42.4%
No. 5 in the 2020 Kinship series is a 30YO Caol Ila, aged in a refill hogshead carefully selected by Scott Laing which yielded 532 bottles.
Expect a voluptuous and full bodied whisky with hint after hint of tantalising aromas.
Honeydew melon on the nose with Maldon sea salt, smoked ham, bandages, candied almonds and Islay peat smoked.
On the palate there is a gristy malty note, lime zest, Seville orange, new leather, fine tobacco and a typical Caol Ila ashiness leading to a wonderfully refined finish.
No. 6, Laphroaig 30YO, 53.6%
No. 6 in the 2020 Kinship series is a 30YO Laphroaig, aged in a refill Oloroso cask carefully selected by Andrew Laing which yielded 344 bottles.
Expect a full bodied whisky, rich and wholesome.
Wet, smouldering Islay peat, iodine and tar on the nose.
Rich and expansive on the palate with nutmeg, bandages, malty notes, new leather boots beside a peat fire and a touch of liquorice.
The whole leads to a long, satisfyingly smokey finish - the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove.