The Lakes Whiskymaker Editions Mosaic 46.6% ABV.

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The Whiskymaker’s Editions is a series of one-off releases showcasing the sense of adventure of our whiskymaker. 

Each Edition is an exceptional diversion from The Lakes sherry-led house style; an expression of creative freedom, the product of a playground where instinct, experience and inspiration roam free.

Mosaic has a mellow, rustic elegance in keeping with its cosmopolitan influences. Taking inspiration from the Silk Road, the ancient intercontinental avenue of east west trade and cultural exchange, Mosaic unites eclectic influences and flavours in a singular, sophisticated expression

From crisp autumn days in the west, where the thin, sharp air surrenders to the aromas of woodfire and spent leaves, to the heady spice melange of Moorish bazaars and onwards into light, delicate oriental wood nuances evoking a wisdom synonymous with Japanese temples.

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Appearance

Mid gold mixed with amber and orange in colour, the swirl line is nice and thick, and creates a film that coats the glass with some teardrops.

Nose

Yes the spices this bottle is sold on are here, they are the first aromas to come through. Sweetened ginger, vanilla pods, then aromatic wood and sweet perfume. More time and i’m getting botanicals, with cream soda, and each time i bring the glass up to nose the spices are always there. The last aromas iv’e found are tobacco and maraschino cherries

Palate

The mouthfeel isn’t oily, but it’s not watery either, somewhere in between i’d say, and initially the palate is a real spicy/sweet combo. It see-saws backwards and forwards between them, giving fruit cocktail and sweet lemon, mocha, cherryade, cola, cigar leaves, and figs bring a wave of flavours initially.

Icing sugar and white pepper develop with cream soda, pontefract cakes, black liquorice, with royal icing bringing the palate to a close.

Finish

The finish is medium long in general, but the spices do linger, and it continues to be spicy pushing into grapefruit, char, espresso, and cranberries.

My thoughts

What i really like about this whisky is the marriage of spices and sweetness, they compliment each other nicely, and to be honest only sitting with it for a while will give you the chance to separate them. That spicy/sweet combo isn’t something i get too often to be honest, but when i do i really enjoy it, it brings a smile to my face.

This bottle comes in at £80, it’s non chill filtered and natural in colour, the 46.6% ABV is within the ABV bracket i enjoy generally, and i do like it, i certainly wouldn’t complain at having one in my whisky cupboard, but i will say it’s priced at the higher end of my whisky budget.


This sample was very kindly sent to me by the Lakes distillery, and as usual this hasn’t had an impact on my review.

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