Exile Casks – The Wanderer

Exile Casks

Following on from the hugely successful launch of Exile Casks’ first expression, The Trojan, Neil and Joel have released another single cask offering. ‘The Wanderer’ is a 24yo single cask Speyside whisky, so-called because of the journey this cask has made around Scotland. When it was filled in 1992, it was initially destined for an American customer. However, after being deemed surplus for requirements, it moved from warehouse to warehouse, exchanged for another cask, bought and sold, always in limbo, and never with a purpose. The chaps at Exile Casks have set the bar extremely high with The Trojan, can The Wanderer live up to it?

The Wanderer
24yo Speyside
170 bottles only
55.5% ABV

Nose: After some initial wood glue has passed, there’s lime, lemon zest and kiwi. Very citrusy. Then it moves on to creamy vanilla custard, floral notes, fresh laundry, green apples, root ginger and fragrant, aromatic wood.

Palate: Bursting with fruit! Orange blossom, lychee, passionfruit, peaches in syrup. Marshmallows and candyfloss give way to richer notes of gingerbread, fruitcake, exotic spices and sandal wood. Very full flavoured.

Finish: Woodspice powers through with a hint of charred oak, dark chocolate and a touch of tea leaf.

Overall: A wonderfully chosen single cask bottling. The Trojan was great, but this might be even better. It’s a testament to these chaps that between the whisky going on sale, and me reviewing the sample, it sold out online. I guess I’ll need to be a bit more on the ball if (when?) their third release comes out.



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