Strathconon itself is a remote Highland glen in Ross-shire, which was once a hotbed of illicit distillation. In 2011, a local history group discovered more than 50 bothies where whisky was distilled and stored, together with evidence of large malt kilns and barns, which apparently continued until the potato famine of 1846.
As for the whisky, it was a 12-year-old vatted malt that was around in the 1970s and 80s. It formed part of the ‘Ascot Cellar’ series, the precursor to The Classic Malts which launched in 1982. The series consisted of a mixed case of Rosebank 8-year-old, Linkwood 12-year-old, Talisker 8-year-old, Lagavulin 12-year-old, Glenleven (Haig’s vatted malt) and Strathconon.
Recent tastings have mentioned a pronounced citrus note on the nose and tongue, to offset the waxy, resinous character of age.