Little Brown Dog 1992 North British – Single Cask 48.7% ABV

little brown dog 1992 North British

A new single grain single cask release from Little Brown Dog Spirits, Distilled in 1992 at the North British distillery and matured in a refill bourbon cask. Filled to bottle at cask strength, 48.7% vol with only 220 bottles being released.

  • Single Cask – refill bourbon filled 17/12/1992 disgorged 23/11/2021
  • 220 bottles
  • Non chill filtered, cask strength and natural colour.
  • Grain whisky as it should be, old and unmucked about with.

Appearance: A lovely fading light golden summer sunset. Nice and viscous, plenty of oiliness on the glass, with medium legs.

Nose: Very bourbon-like. Caramel, burnt sugar and warming Christmas spices, particularly cinnamon.
Floury banana bread, a woodland scent, like bark, a touch of red apple and some faint confectionary sugar sweetness.

Palate: Not a hugely oily mouthfeel, compared to previous releases.
Quite spicy and astringent, there’s not much alcohol going on here and to be honest, I’d like more.
After a few sips, there are hints of lemon peel, malt biscuits, some strawberry jelly (not luxurious or fruity enough for jam) and a touch of black pepper.

Finish: Short to medium. The strawberry jelly taste sticks around for a while, but, for me, there’s not a great deal else lingering, I’m afraid.

Overall: I’m a huge fan of these guys and, although this isn’t my favourite release from them, it definitely isn’t poor by any measure, has a lot to live up to given the quality of previous releases and I’ll still be eagerly awaiting the next whisky that they produce because I love what they do.
They’re ‘Experimental Distillers’, so missing the mark on the occasional release is probably inevitable.

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