The Glasgow Distillery 1770 Golden Beer Finish (Batch 2) 58% ABV

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A limited edition release of 340 bottles at 58% ABV and part of the Collaboration Series. The contents of a single cask, their unpeated Double Distilled spirit filled on the 17th of April 2019 into first fill ex-bourbon casks and laid to rest for three years and one month before moving for one year into a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask that previously held Innis & Gunn’s Golden Beer. Bottled on the 12th of June 2023.


Appearance: Pinkish amber. A thin beaded tide mark with some teardrops. Sporadic and sparse thick trails seep towards the surface through a viscous film.

Nose: The ABV is obvious but well-controlled and allows the aromas to emerge from the first sip. Creamy vanilla ice cream, orchard fruits, red berries and an earthy funk. Some lemon, green apple skin grape and a little confectionary sugar next. There is a malty element too, albeit subtle, which adds a nice layer to contrast the sweeter notes.

Palate: A semi-viscous mouthfeel. A spikey spice tingle from that ABV, cinnamon, vanilla, pastry and that apple note. The spice grows with each sip, rather than the normal acclimatisation, mild chilli by the third sip. A little cloying at the back of the throat after a few sips too. A little astringency creeps in after a while too.

Finish: The chilli tingle, vanilla and cinnamon last for a medium to long amount of time. White pepper also lingers for some time and is the last remaining flavour.

Overall: Lovely nose but I didn’t get on with the palate. A little too much spice and the astringent element didn’t agree with me.

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