Double distilled with unpeated malted barley before maturing in first-fill ex-bourbon casks and finishing in heavily charred virgin American white oak from Kelvin Cooperage. Three exemplary casks of The Original were married together to create this Batch 01 release which is presented at 61.3% ABV and limited to 750 bottles.
Appearance: Light amber with a pink hue.
Nose: Sweet shop sugar, vanilla and some fresher green apple notes. Faint toffee/caramel, brown sugar-dusted pastry and a dusting of cinnamon and black pepper.
Palate: A more oily mouthfeel than I was expecting with a big helping of spice and earthy damp forest notes such as bark and wet leaves. The ABV is abundantly obvious with big flavours and spice. The second sip reveals cracked black pepper, some salinity, chilli (not mild!), grassy notes and a drying raw new-make element.
Finish: The new-make and earthy notes last for a short to medium amount of time, before dying away fairly abruptly. A touch of vanilla and black pepper appear very late on which is welcomed against those less sweet notes.
Overall: Not my cup of tea. I’m sure most would probably really like this one but it’s just not to my personal tastes. It’s a bit too vegetal and almost reminded me of a certain seaweed whiskey, just without the nuances that make that great.