LINDORES SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY MCDXCIV (1494) 46% ABV.

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We are delighted to bring our Lindores Single Malt Scotch Whisky MCDXCIV (1494) to whisky lovers the world over.

Our early maturing spirit gives us great confidence that our whisky will be as sought after and enjoyed as it was in MCDXCIV (1494)

Lindores Abbey Whisky

Appearance

Mid gold in colour, with a good thickness swirl line, medium thick legs, and syrupy teardrops.

Nose

Wood shavings come across initially, some slightly vegetal notes through, cream soda/vanilla brings a lovely sweetness, grassy, it’s quite light in general, it’s a lowland whisky and they often are.

I’m finding with time it’s becoming fruitier, tropical/stoned fruits are here, with cereal/grain, flapjack?

Palate

Initially it’s quite spicy, with white pepper and cinnamon, the stoned fruits are here too, a touch of pineapple and nectarines, then pears and a citrusy grapefruit/pomelo tang. I’m going to add lemon too, almost bitter lemon, it may be a lowland but it’s quite punchy.

The spiciness is lovely, all 3 casks could be contributing to that. Sherry cask flavours do come through towards the end of the palate, mince pie/Christmas pudding notes do come through, but are quite restrained also. I do get faint drying also, but it’s minimal so not an issue for me.

As @jenkaloid said when it’s first poured there is a fizziness about this dram, which i really like. @jenkaloid said it reminded him of a refreshers sherbet chewy bar sweet, i thought of love heart sweets, good memories for me.

Finish

Medium in length but does linger longer, and I’m getting espresso, anise, dark chocolate digestive biscuits, raisins, and yet still icing sugar comes through too.

My thoughts

I couldn’t wait to try this whisky to be honest, reason being that we (The Whiskey Chaps) tried their award winning new make spirit over 12 months ago, and it’s one of the best iv’e tried to date.

Knowing the general characteristics of Lowland Scotch single malt whiskies, i expected a lighter style. Well i definitely got a lighter whisky on the nose, but the palate had more to offer. Spiciness is very evident on the palate, all three casks involved here could easily have contributed to this profile, but the sherry cask flavours arrived quite late on the palate, better late than never.

I believe this bottling is of whisky under 4 years of age, i could be wrong, the point is that at this age there is quite a bit of flavour for me, though i’d like to try a more aged version when we get there, and/or a cask strength version.

Would i buy a bottle?

For a first whisky release it is well priced in my opinion, especially in the current whisky pricing environment, some distillery ask for up to three times this price, and i would buy a bottle, i enjoyed it, and am looking forward to future releases.


Notes – This whisky is non chill filtered and natural in colour.

Thanks to – @jenkaloid for the sample and @Haggag01 distillery manager at the Lindores Abbey distillery for joining us.


And now for something completely different

Continuing my whisk(e)y and music thing, songs iv’e listened to either during my tasting or review. I hope you enjoy this one.

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