Glenshiel 10yo 59.4% ABV from The Sipping Shed, independent whisky bottlers.

glenshiel 10yo
the sipping shed

!0yo Highland single malt whisky from the Loch Lomond distillery.


Appearance

Very light gold, straw like in colour, has a medium thick swirl line that beads up immediately, and creates an all over film with faint medium legs on the glass. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

It’s fizzy up my nose, and I’m getting lots of forest walk on a damp day, with evergreen boughs atm. There are stoned fruits here, and a biscuity aroma too. #thewhiskeychaps

Sweetness is coming through, caster sugar, and vanilla custard too. And I’m getting something like balsa wood in the background. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

loads of vanilla, hot cinnamon gobstoppers, some menthol and stoned fruits also, it’s quite chest warming actually. Coffee beans and black liquorice, a little drying, and cask char. #thewhiskeychaps

It is becoming sweeter with time, those sugar coated little lemon shaped jellies, lemon cheesecake including the base, dried apricots, then into raisins, almost figs too, dr pepper. #thewhiskeychaps

Now there’s a wonderful wonderful cream soda aroma, where did that come from, and the palate is definitely still spicy with white pepper, and it’s balanced with the sweetness, the mouthfeel is thickening up too. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

The finish is long side of medium in length for me, the spices are still here, but unusually for me the sweetness is just that little bit further forward. Green grapes, unripe plums, and in the background mocha coffee. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

If you know me a little you’ll know that Ex bourbon cask matured whisky is my go to, especially 1st fill, because of the spices they bring to the whisky. This bottling is a perfect example of this for me, being cask strength also backs the spices up.

Spices aren’t all it brings, the whole dram becomes a wonderful balance of spices and sweetness, where both are easily accessible, and compliment each other. To get the best from it it needs time to open up, 40-50 minutes if you can wait that long, but it’s well worth it as it develops wonderfully.

iv’e got to say that i’d love a bottle of this in my whisky cupboard, and each time i tried it it would make me smile with satisfaction. This bottle, with the Aultmore 11yo, are available as a deal together at the moment on The Sipping Shed website.


A big thank you goes out to Dan Hipshon for sending out the samples for this tasting, for the use of his tweets in this review, and for joining us on the tasting.

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