A blend of three different whiskeys – grain whiskey, double and triple distilled malts – aged in four different casks. Natural colour, non-chill filtered.
This whiskey has been made in collaboration with Brian Watts, Master Distiller at The Great Northern Distillery.
The grain whiskey has been matured for 12 months in a virgin American oak barrel, then transferred to a re-char bourbon cask for the remaining 24 months.
The double distilled malt has been matured in an American first-fill bourbon cask and the triple distilled malt matured in an Oloroso sherry butt.
Appearance: Gold, honey. Very decent viscosity, leaves an oily coating over the glass for some time.
Nose: That familiar malty sweetness. Chocolate digestive, some mintiness, watermelon, lemon and faint red berries.
Palate: Apple, grape and mint, the maltiness from the nose continues into the palate.
Icing sugar and foam sweets, particularly foam shrimps.
A spicy side develops as the glass matures – black pepper and cinnamon,
Finish: Nice and sweet with the icing sugar and foam sweets, with slight spiciness, malt and those mixed fruits.
Overall: Pretty consistent from nose to finish, which, to me, is uncommon and refreshing.
It’s a solid whiskey for just over £30. Well worth a try.