Chaos batch #3 50% ABV North Star Spirits

chaos batch #3

Batch #3, later 2021, Islay Single malt scotch whisky. 1400 Bottles were available world wide. Matured in both Port octaves and American oak casks. 4 Ruby port octaves +1 Refill HHD +1 Butt Blended together and taken down to 50% ABV.

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Appearance

Lemony white wine in colour, with a medium thick swirl line and slow medium thick legs and teardrops. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

Lighter than 1 & 2 nose wise, it is peated but I’m getting cherry lozenges, still floral notes, bitter lemon, no salinity, Rich tea biscuits, and a faint meatiness. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

The mouthfeel isn’t as thick as 1 & 2, and the peat is almost sharper, more concentrated. Red berries are coming on stronger with time, and the spiciness is ratcheting up too. It’s a slow starter but it’s getting there. #thewhiskeychaps

More fruits are arriving, seared pineapple with the cooked meat, red berries pile in, a flat cola flavour, pineapple cube sweets, and petrichor, I’m presuming it’s Caol ila. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Quite long, and a lovely fruit/peat fusion. It is leaning towards chocolate, chocolate coated strawberries, ginger, molasses/treacle, slightly drying too. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

Well i have to say that tasting all 3 batch’s vertically was a great idea, and of the three we both enjoyed this one most. @whiskeychap did question whether this was Caol Ila too, which i still don’t know the answer to to be honest. If it is solely Caol Ila it’s very different to batch’s #1 and #2, it’s so different that i want to say that it isn’t Caol Ila, but i could well be wrong.

The biggest thing for me with this bottling is that it’s a slow starter. If someone poured you a dram you could easily slug it back unimpressed, but if your’e prepared to wait, slowly it starts to open up revealing lovely flavours. Of the three bottlings this is the one that interests me most, and coming in at around the £50 i’d be tempted to purchase one.


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