!0yo Highland single malt whisky from the Loch Lomond distillery.
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
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
Bourbon cask whisky is always overlooked but a great bourbon cask will rival anything and it leaves more space to get to grips with the distillery character.#thewhiskeychaps— The Sipping Shed (@TheSippingShed) July 28, 2022
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
There is, it's a monster on the palate, I don't usually add water but this one (like you said) needs taming! #thewhiskeychaps— Whisk(e)y Chap 🏴🥃🇺🇦 (@whiskeychap) July 28, 2022
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
This dram is all about time. Patience, and a good glass swirl, is rewarded. Eventually it turns into a spiced crumble with custard for me.#thewhiskeychaps— The Sipping Shed (@TheSippingShed) July 28, 2022
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.Follow @TheSippingShed Follow @DanHipshon Follow @thewhiskeychaps Follow @whiskeychap Follow @StillSurreral