Second Step 03

Second Step 03 bottle

50cl, 51.5% ABV

The third and last edition in The 2nd Step Collection is a peaty vatting of bourbon casks, and casks of American and Hungarian virgin oak. It is a whisky in classic Islay style with a spicy edge of virgin oak, mainly American (Quercus alba). The average age is 5.5 years, and 88 % of the ingoing whisky is peated. The 2nd Step Collection 03 is neither chill-filtered nor coloured. It’s been distilled between 2nd of March 2011 and 8th of December 2011, and just 8291 bottles have been produced.
Second Step 03 bottle

Tasting Notes

Nose

Burning pine needles backed up by thick, umami-rich roasted malt. Juniper berries and touches of sea salt follow, with fresh mint and hints of roasted lemon.

Palate

Smoke is laced through the palate, with a rich combination of burning oak, pine and turf providing a complex base. Threads of lemon and spice intertwine with fresh mint, chocolate and earthy smoke. The minty notes build and wrap around the pine.

Finish

Mint chocolate fades to leave sweet wood smoke.

Comment

Spicy and fruity with a complicated blend of smoky flavours across the palate.