So – it’s about that time again – new batches, and replenished batches of some absolute crackers from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
First up – spoiler alert – we do have a new batch of both the Port Ellen, and Brora. I’ll understand if you want to stop reading for a bit and take care of a small (okay – large) transaction.
We’ve also got some brand spanking new lines though – 2 single malts and a blended malt (which after the editor’s choice award in the most recent edition of Whisky Magazine), should see some interest piqued…
First out of the box, is a new single malt from Blair Athol Distillery, in the Highlands.
If you’ve ever visited this distillery, you’ll know two things – firstly, it’s the spiritual home of Bell’s Blended Whisky. Second – It’s really rather beautiful; the distillery buildings are covered in ivy, and the overall feel of the place couldn’t be further away from the mega-production-runs that are synonymous with the Bell’s Blend.
Tasting Note for Blair Athol – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company):
Nose: Milk chocolate, toffee brittle, marmalade and a little smoke. Quite meaty at full strength with coffee notes, a hint of dried herbs and praline that all make some room for honey and lemon if just a couple of drops of water are added.
Palate: More milk chocolate and honey nut with wisps of smoke intertwined. More syrupy honey with some juicy orchard fruit coming through with that touch of water.
Finish: Cocoa, pain aux raisins – not too sweet, just right.
Overall: Almost two whiskies in one here, with only a tiny amount of water required to reveal another delicious side to this single malt’s character.
In this label we can see a chap who looks suspiciously like Arthur Bell himself tending some topiary. Yeah – I think you can see where we’re going with this one.
Second – we’ve got Fettercairn. I tried really, really hard not to do this joke, but it haunted my dreams until there was no other way to exorcise the demon. I’m sorry. Truly sorry.
Tasting Note for Fettercairn – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company):
Nose: Biscuits dunked in coffee, blueberries, peach skin, apple peel, ripe banana and sesame oil. Raw sugar and a hint of nougat.
Palate: Slices of green apple with caramel (Twix bar-style) slowly building quite wonderfully.
Finish: Slightly drying with caramel, custard and perhaps a hint of smoke too.
Overall: A slightly unusual nose soon reveals layers of fruity complexity with heart warming caramel taking the lead from the mid-palate onwards. This rocks.
Last – The second blended malt from TBWC. This one’s materially different to the first batch, which was a Teaspooned Malt this one is a no-foolin’ blended malt, made using measuring cylinders and science and everything. See?
Tasting Note for Blended Malt #2 – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company):
Nose: Juicy dates and figs, chocolate buttons and orange juice. A little white chocolate too alongside roasted chestnuts and crumble being taken out of the oven
Palate: Increasingly thick with coffee and cocoa beans, a hint of ginger and dark Corinth raisins. Black cherries develop.
Finish: Malty chocolate fruit cake.
Overall: An absolute beast of a blended malt.