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Norwest Europe Express Whiskies are coming soon

All aboard for a journey into big flavours and idiosyncratic spirits, as we take a ride on the Norwest Europe Express with That Boutique-y Whisky Company. A whole load of…

All aboard for a journey into big flavours and idiosyncratic spirits, as we take a ride on the Norwest Europe Express with That Boutique-y Whisky Company. A whole load of whiskies from Austria, Germany, France, and Scandinavia will be arriving at Master of Malt any day now. Here’s a little preview of what to expect. 

UPDATE: the whiskies are now available, right here!

Whisky from non-traditional countries, so-called world whisky, has come on massively in the last 10 years. And yet in a globalised economy where materials, knowledge and equipment can travel, there is a danger that far-flung bottlings may end up tasting pretty similar. After all, many new distilleries make very Scotchy-type spirits using stills from Forsyths, Scottish malted barley, Scottish know-how and age in familiar casks. 

Well, if you’re worried about whisky becoming homogenous, then you need to take a ride on the Norwest Europe Express. That Boutique-y Whisky Company has rounded up a bunch of idiosyncratic bottlings from northern Europe and Scandinavia. Starting in Brittany, the journey goes through Germany and Switzerland and into Austria. Then it heads north into Scandinavia with great whiskies from Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.

Be warned, there’s some pretty wild stuff here. In fact, because one is made from buckwheat, it’s not even technically whisky according to European regulations. But nothing will prepare you for Borgen whisky from Austria, a whisky so smoky it makes Ardbeg taste like Glenkinchie. Be afraid, be very afraid. A small cabal of peatheads, however, will love it. Me, my favourites were the Kyrö Malted Rye from Finland and Fary Lochan from Denmark. Let us know what you think below or on social. 

Right here’s a rundown of what we’ve got: 

Broger

Broger Austrian Single Malt 6 Year Old 

This one should come with a warning like heavy metal CDs used to have in the ‘80s. It comes from a small family-run distillery in Austria. They use heavily peated malt. Nothing wrong with that but they retain the husks and include them in fermentation. Basically, every bit of smoke goes into your whisky. It’s aged in French Limousin oak and bottled at 60.2% ABV.

Nose: Acetone, rubber and burnt clutch. Smells like something that shouldn’t be drunk.

Palate: Crickey! It tastes like it smells. My God.

Finish: Mercifully, it does finish at some point. 

Eddu

Eddu Single Malt Buckwheat Spirit 14 Year Old

This is not allowed to be called whisky in Europe because it’s made from buckwheat which isn’t a real grain, it’s a pseudo-grain. It’s apparently even harder to work than rye. This is made at Brittany’s Distillerie Des Menhirs. Yes, like in Asterix. The family have been distilling cider since 1921 but moved into whisky or pseudo whisky in 2002. It’s aged in Limousin oak and bottled at 47.9% ABV.

Nose: Cumin on the nose, with sweet ginger and malt, plus grassy notes, vanilla, apple and oaty cereal.

Palate: Creamy, light-bodied, smooth, almost single-grain like whisky.

Finish: Creamy vanilla and a little spicy ginger. 

Fary

Fary Lochan Danish Single Malt 6 Year Old 

We’re heading to Southern Jutland for our next whisky. It was founded by Jens-Erik Jorgensen in 2009. He died in 2016, but it’s still run by his family.  This is aged in sherry wood before bottling at 60.2% ABV. This was a great favourite of mine. 

Nose: Tobacco, smoke, dried fruit, pungent spices and a little dark chocolate. 

Palate: Super spicy like rye bread, peppery, malty-sweet chocolate notes with big maraschino cherry fruit and some grippy wood tannin.

Finish: That dark cherry note really lingers. 

Helsinki

Helsinki Distilling Co. Finnish Rye Whisky Batch 2 6 Year Old

The Finns have taken to rye whisky in a big way. From the Helsinki distillery, this is a 6-year-old rye whisky distilled from 70% malted rye, and 30% malted barley mashbill. It’s been matured for the full term in a new charred, (char level 3) American oak cask. The country’s cold climate means that this matures slowly so despite the age and the new casks, there’s no danger of it getting woody. It’s bottled at 58.9% ABV.

Nose: Spicy, malty rye bread with menthol and tobacco.

Palate: Super aromatic, chilli peppers, with strong cereal notes and touch of salt.

Finish: Creamy delicious cereal and spice.

Kyro

Kyrö malted rye whisky 4 year old

A distillery that probably needs no introduction to Master of Malt customers. But here’s a short one anyway: Kyrö was founded in 2014 and since then rye whiskey has become its calling card. It uses 100% malted Finnish rye. Fermentation times are long, around six days, and ageing takes place in a mixture of ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks. This example is bottled at 53.1% ABV. I absolutely loved it.

Nose: Super aromatic, rye bread, malty, you can really smell the cereal.

Palate: Wow! Sensationally spicy, with Szechuan pepper, then the cereal comes in and it’s like biting into a piece of alcoholic rye bread. It tastes so alive and full of malty goodness.

Finish: Dark and roasty, like a pint of porter with a shot of espresso in it. 

Smogen

Smogen Swedish Single Malt Batch 2 8 Year Old 

We’re heading to Hunnebostrand in Sweden to the Smogen distillery for our next whisky. This 8-year-old was fully matured in a first-fill bourbon barrel, and we’ve bottled this at natural cask strength, 60.3% ABV.

Nose: Apple and pears, clear clean fruit with gentle wood fire and a touch of bacon.

Palate: Vanilla and apple, with light bonfires, seaweed and black pepper. Lovely balance between fruit and smoke.

Finish: Gentle wafts of smoke.

Slyrs

Slyrs German Single Malt Batch 3 3 Year Old 

Next stop is Bavaria for the Slyrs Distillery. This is a 3-year-old single malt that has been treated to some pretty severe cask ageing. The team uses an American oak cask with the heaviest char available, also known as ‘Crocodile Toast’ as the inside of the cask is charred so deep that it resembles the cracked skin of a crocodile. It was bottled at 52.6% ABV.

Nose: Big cherries, and cherrywood, aromatic with spicy rye-like notes, toffee and muscovado sugar. 

Palate: Creamy and peppery, smooth, with chocolate and toffee and clove spiciness.

Finish: Sweet and spicy. 

Teerenpeli

Teerenpeli Finnish Single Malt Batch 2 3 Year

We’re back in Finland now heading to the famous Teerenpeli distillery. The name means ‘flirtation’ but also ‘black grouse’, apparently. Yeah, it can get pretty complicated in Finland. The malted barley is local. The ageing is pretty local too as it takes plylace in old sea containers which are exposed to temperatures between -35C to +30C. This particular batch was aged in re-coopered American oak ex-bourbon hogshead before bottling at 55.5% ABV.

Nose: Super fruity, apples, lemons, with vanilla, toffee and cream.

Palate: Peppery and then sweet like banana custard, very light smoke.

Finish: Distant wafts of smoke and custard creams.

HIghglen

Highglen Swiss Single Malt 3 Year Old

Highglen is a one-man band. The man being local character Lord Gunter Sommer who makes whisky in Switzerland near the border with Italy. Highglen is an appropriate name as the distillery’s altitude is twice that of Ben Nevis. He ages the whisky in his own special 100-litre casks made from ex-bourbon staves, and ex-sherry heads.

Tasting notes from TBWC:

Nose: Deliciously complex! Aromas of coffee, light honey on toasted rye bread, dark chocolate, and hints of pine needles and linseed oil.

Palate: Hints of liquorice, dried apricots, creamy vanilla caramel, coffee, and cocoa, alongside a charred wood smoke note. Love this!

These are limited edition whiskies. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

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New Arrival of the Week: TBWC Home Nations Series

Normally for this slot we highlight one product. This week, however, we’ve got a whole raft of exciting new whiskies (and some rum) from Britain and Ireland bottled exclusively for That…

Normally for this slot we highlight one product. This week, however, we’ve got a whole raft of exciting new whiskies (and some rum) from Britain and Ireland bottled exclusively for That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It’s TBWC Home Nations Series! 

It’s fair to say that there’s a lot of whisky talent in Britain and Ireland. Obviously Scotland and Ireland are world leaders, both vying for the position as the first place whisky (or whiskey) was made. Quick aside, why don’t the Scots, the Irish, and the Americans just sit down and just agree on a spelling for ‘whisky’ so we don’t have to use tortured constructions like whisk(e)y? This has gone on too long.

Anyway! It’s not just in the old countries, England and Wales now have serious strength in depth when it comes to whisky with the English Whisky Company in Norfolk turning 15 this year and Penderyn in the Brecon Beacons turning 21 in September. These pioneers have been joined by a legion of innovative distilleries making bold, distinctive whiskies.

British & Irish Lions, but with booze

So to celebrate all this talent, That Boutique-y Whisky Company is releasing the Home Nations Series. The idea of the ‘home nations’ is inspired by rugby where England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales put aside their rivalries to play together as the British & Irish Lions, usually with magnificent effect.

Lineup- Home Nations TBWC/ TBRC

The whiskies include a six year old Penderyn from Wales, a cask strength three year old from Scotland’s Nc’Nean Distillery, and a very special 29 year old Irish single malt from an undisclosed distillery (though you can probably guess which it is.)

Meanwhile, team England fields a 12 year old from the English Whisky Company in Norfolk, a 7 year old from Adnams in Suffolk, a 3 year old single grain from the Oxford Artisan Distillery, and a 3 year old from the Cotswolds Distillery. Meanwhile we have two nearly whiskies from Circumstance in Bristol and White Peak in Derbyshire

There’s rum too!

But that’s not all! The Home Nations series includes three rums: a 17 month rum from Ninefold in Scotland, an 18 month rum from Greensand from Kent ,and a 2 year old from J. Gow on Orkney! Plus a selection of rare single malt Scotch whiskies bottled exclusively for That Boutique-y Whisky Company – see the full range here.

I’ve pulled out three that I particularly liked below. These are largely single barrels and bottled at cask strength or high ABV. All come in 50cl bottles. Numbers are extremely limited so hurry, catch the home nations while you can.

Circumstance TBWC

Circumstance 40 Days Old Batch 1

Type: Wheat spirit

Cask types: Matured in a drum with charred English oak spindles

ABV: 59.8% 

We visited this distillery a couple of years ago and were amazed by the innovations going on with yeasts, fermentation times and, most of all, ageing. This shows how you can get masses of flavour into a young spirit without it tasting over-worked. Extremely clever.

Nose: Super sweet, chocolate digestives and ginger nuts. It’s like a party in the biscuit aisle at Sainsbury’s!

Palate: Sweet toffee and chocolate and then spicy. Really really spicy with black pepper, chilli and bitter minty notes – like Fernet Branca. Some massive spicy wood action happening here.  

Finish: Spices go on and on, seriously intense!

English Whisky Co B3

English Whisky Company 12 Year Old Batch 3

Type: Single malt

Cask: first-fill bourbon

ABV: 63.4%

Wow! This is a mighty dram. This English whisky pioneer just keeps getting better and better. Can you imagine how excited we are to try a 15, an 18 or even a 21 from this distillery?

Nose: Toffee, chocolate, dried fruit, vanilla and creamy cereal notes, water brings out sweeter notes and peachy fruit.

Palate: Big spice, wood tannin, dark chocolate, savoury, and bitter coffee with a full texture like chestnuts. Water brings out aromatic tobacco notes, and with time a distinct apricot taste emerges. 

Finish: Layered and very complex, that apricot note goes on for a good ten minutes.  

Penderyn TBWC

Penderyn 6 Year Old Batch 1

Type: Single malt

ABV: 50% 

Cask type: This is from a single STR red wine hogshead.

Distilled in Penderyn’s unique Faraday still – like a cross between a pot and a column (read more about it here). It’s been a while since I’ve had Penderyn, this bottling shows how beautiful it is at a higher strength. 

Nose: Sweet cereal notes with apples, caramel, butter and toffee.  

Palate: Creamy marzipan texture, there’s a gentle sweetness with baking spices like cinnamon and creamy patisserie notes with orchard fruit. Lovely balance, no water needed here.

Finish: Gentle sweetness and spice. 

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Celebrate World Whisky Day 2021 with Master of Malt

We’re not content with World Whisky Day 2021, so at Master of Malt, we’re celebrating a world whisky week. To kick things off, we’ve picked some of our favourite whiskies…

We’re not content with World Whisky Day 2021, so at Master of Malt, we’re celebrating a world whisky week. To kick things off, we’ve picked some of our favourite whiskies from around the globe and included an unmissable event for malt lovers.

It’s World Whisky Day on Saturday 15 May but we can’t wait until then so we’re putting on a week’s worth of activities to celebrate our favourite spirit. Come to think of it, every day is World Whisky Day here at Master of Malt.

We’ve picked some of our favourite bottles from the wide world of whisky. So there’s not just the big boys like Scotland, Japan and America, but we’ve included bottles from India, Taiwan, and a global blend. We were hoping to include a Welsh single malt from Aber Falls but sadly it won’t be ready in time. But we are hoping to get an advance sniff very soon, and as soon as we do, we’ll let you know. 

And finally, to watch as you merrily dram there’s the Virtual World Whisky Summit.

What’s a Virtual World Whisky Summit?

We’re glad you asked. This is an event put on by our friends at That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC). It takes place on World Whisky Day 2021 itself, Saturday 15th May  at 7pm (BST), on all your favourite social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Youtube – click here for the full details.

Presented by two of the mightiest beards in the whisky firmament, Sam “Dr. Whisky” Simmons, and “Boutique-y Dave” Worthington, the event will, according to the press bumf, feature: “30 bartenders, distillers, buyers, writers and enthusiasts, live discussion with friends of Boutique-y, and the always silly Silly Games, there will be real talk but as many hijinks as highballs.”

Blimey! It all sounds fun. This is the second year TBWC has put on such an extravaganza so the team really knows what it’s doing. And if you’re stuck for what to drink, here are some suggestions:

What to drink on World Whisky Day 2021

J&B rare whisky Highballs

J&B Rare

One of the world’s great brands, it was created by wine merchant Justerini & Brooks specifically to appeal to the American palate, and landed with perfect timing in 1933 just after Prohibition ended. Since then, it’s become something of a cult, drunk by Frank Sinatra and appearing in Goodfellas and Mad Men.

What does it taste like? 

Deliciously fruity with toffee, walnuts and orange zest. It’s the consummate mixer but we particularly love it with ginger beer. 

Whisky - Amrut Fusion

Amrut Fusion

After some big names from Scotland and America, Amrut is the most searched-for distillery on our site. Perhaps because it was a pioneer of the single malt category in India, the world’s largest whisky market. This example gets its name because it’s a fusion of Indian barley with peated barley from Scotland. Clever eh?

What does it taste like?

Fresh citrus fruit, spice, dark chocolate, marmalade and mellow smoke. This is one to sip neat with old friends after a meal and let the conversation unwind.  

Kavalan

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak

Another pioneering distillery. Kavalan put Taiwanese whisky on the map. And no wonder as they had a certain Dr Jim Swan as consultant.  This release contains the same liquid as the cask strength bourbon-matured Solist but diluted down to 46% ABV with natural spring water.

What does it taste like?

Vanilla, coconut and banana with all kinds of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. With it’s sweet flavour profile this would make a great Old Fashioned especially with fruit bitters.

Woodford Reserve Rye

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye

They do things a bit differently at Woodford Reserve using pot stills instead of the column stills more usually found in Kentucky. The distillery is branching out with this as it’s a rye rather than a bourbon. The mash bill is 53% rye with the rest corn and malted barley. It’s bottled at a useful 45.2% ABV making it a great cocktail whiskey.

What does it taste like?

Lots of up front spices with pear, cherry and chopped mint. We can’t think of a better whiskey to make a Manhattan with. 

Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

Glenfiddich Experimental Series – Fire & Cane

A peated whisky at Glenfiddich? You better believe it. Part of the Experimental Series, Fire & Cane was created in 2018 by malt master (not to be confused with Master of Malt) Brian Kinsman and features a peated single malt finished in rum casks bought from a variety of distilleries in South America.

What does it taste like?

Baked apple, sweet toffee and campfires. With its mixture of sweetness and smoke, we think it would make a cracking Rusty Nail, easy on the Drambuie

Nikka Days

Nikka Days

The blend from Japan is easy like Sunday morning. Notice we didn’t say Japanese blend as Nikka Days doesn’t meet the new criteria to be judged as Japanese whisky so it may contain some non-Japanese spirit. No matter, this is a delicious drop that melds sweetness with a faint smoke character to perk up your taste buds.

What does it taste like?

Lots of fruit like pears and melon backed up with roasted nuts and vanilla. This might be the ultimate Highball blend especially if you’re adding a fruit element.

The Glenrothes 12 Year Old - Soleo Collection

The Glenrothes 12 Year Old – Soleo Collection 

The name soleo comes from the practise used in the sherry region of drying grapes in the sun to concentrate the sugars so it will come as no surprise that there’s plenty of sherry cask deliciousness in this whisky. For many years, Glenrothes issued only vintage releases but most are now labelled more conventionally with age statements.

What does it taste like?

Stewed apple, vanilla, chocolate, tobacco and more spices than you could shake a stick at. Probably one to sip alone but we can’t help thinking it would make a cracking Rob Roy.

Burnt Ends

Burnt Ends

A whiskey inspired by the magic of proper American BBQ where the meat is gently smoked until it falls apart. Mmmmm falls apart. Anyway, to get that taste the clever chaps behind this blended Tennessee rye whiskey and sherry cask-finished peated single malt Scotch whisky. A maverick move that turned out really, really well. 

What does it taste like?

Wow! BBQ sauce and smoked meat with spicy rye and fruit notes. We’re thinking Mint Julep or even mixing it with Coca-Cola.

World Whisky Blend serves

World Whisky Blend

And finally, to celebrate World Whisky Day 2021 what could be better than a World Whisky Blend. Yes, this magical concoction is a mixture of whiskies distilled all over this great planet of ours. There’s over ten countries involved with contributions from Europe, Asia, the USA and beyond!

What does it taste like?

Honey, orange marmalade, toffee and vanilla. It’s a massively mixable drop but perhaps its favourite partner is coconut water. 

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New Arrival of the Week: Campbeltown Blended Malt 5 Year Old (TBWC)

Good news everyone! That Boutique-y Whisky Company has bottled up a five-year-old blended malt from Campbeltown. Oh, and it’s a Master of Malt exclusive release!  Anyone who knows their Scotch…

Good news everyone! That Boutique-y Whisky Company has bottled up a five-year-old blended malt from Campbeltown. Oh, and it’s a Master of Malt exclusive release

Anyone who knows their Scotch whisky will be aware that the category is divided into distinct, legally-defined regions. Speyside, Islay, Highland (which the Islands are technically a part of), Lowland and Campbeltown

Of all these, the latter is the smallest malt whisky designation. It’s home to just three distilleries. The most famous of these is Springbank, which produces three uniquely different Scotch single malts: Longrow (peated and double distilled whisky), Hazelburn (unpeated and triple distilled) and its eponymous releases (medium-peated and two-and-a-half-times distilled). There’s also Glen Scotia and the relative newcomer on the scene, Glengyle which releases whisky under the Kilkerran brand.

But, it wasn’t always so. The small port town, which you might be familiar with if you enjoy golf, fishing or the music of the band The Beatles could have been, was once known as ‘the whisky capital of the world’. Campbeltown was home to over 30 distilleries during its height in the 19th-century.

Campbeltown, once the epicentre of Scotch whisky production

Campbeltown, once the epicentre of Scotch whisky production

Victorian writer Alfred Barnard visited 21 of them in 1885 while researching his classic Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom. He dubbed the town ‘whisky city’, reporting on a thriving area home to prosperous farmers and distillers whose industries were the lifeblood of the town. The latter were able to create characterful, full-bodied and smoky whisky that was in high demand for blends thanks to easy access to local barley, peat, coal and considerable trade routes to the US and Ireland as well as a sea link to Glasgow. The town had everything going for it.

Until it didn’t. Things went from Millhouse to Milpool in the way it always seems to in this industry’s boom-bust cycle. Factors such as the first world war and Prohibition were bad news for the whole of the category. Campbeltown, however, also suffered from problems closer to home. Blenders began to favour sweeter, lighter spirits. Meanwhile, many of the town’s distillers had prioritised volume over quality when times were good. The region’s reputation slumped. Distilleries began closing at a rapid rate, with 17 shutting their doors in the 1920s alone. By 1935, just Glen Scotia and Springbank were operational.

From this point, it’s been a long, patient and increasingly rewarding comeback for Campbeltown. Springbank was able to soldier on manfully and eventually become a cult favourite, providing the backbone for the town’s whisky industry to recover. For a time, it was Scotch whisky’s hidden gem. But the new boom cycle of the last decade has helped propel Springbank and Glen Scotia further into the spotlight and enable the resurrection of Glengyle in 2004. It was the area’s first ‘new’ distillery for over 125 years. It’s actually surprising no new distilleries have been built since given the amount of history and infrastructure there is to latch on to. 

Springbank was critical to Campbeltown's comeback

Springbank Distillery was critical to Campbeltown’s comeback

While it’s not the centre of the whisky universe again by any means, Campbeltown’s reputation has been restored. It’s hardly surprising. Distinctive, authentic whisky with heritage is all the rage now.  But more than that, Campbeltown embodies what Scotch whisky is as much as any other region’s spirit. It’s an unlikely success, an at time divisive product that has commanded a presence on the world stage. It has experienced peaks and troughs. It has impacted the local community as much as any industry, good times and bad. Campbeltown’s story is the story of Scotch.

Which brings us to our MoM exclusive bottling. It’s a blended malt That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottled up at a hefty 59.3% ABV, so give this one time in the glass and feel free to add a drop of water to bring out some of the sweeter, fruitier notes. It’s got plenty of the maritime charm you expect from Campbeltown whiskies and the oily, bold nature of its spirits means that there should be no snobbery about its age. This is a dynamic, fresh whisky that is eagerly bursting with flavour. 

Campbeltown Blended Malt 5 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Campbeltown Blended Malt 5 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) Tasting Note:

Nose: Sponge cake, marmalade, hay, stone fruits and good sourdough bread with butter.

Palate: Orange and lemon arrive first, shortly followed by oily barley, sea salt and black pepper crisps, sultana, banana and peach.

Finish: Lingering apricot and a hint of toasted coconut.

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Whisky Advent 2020 Day #12: World Whisky Blend

We’re half way through our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. Behind door 12 is a blend of whiskies from Scotland… and Ireland, and Taiwan, France, Japan, Germany, and…

We’re half way through our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. Behind door 12 is a blend of whiskies from Scotland… and Ireland, and Taiwan, France, Japan, Germany, and more! 

It’s hard to believe we are halfway through our calendar already. Here at Master of Malt we are very much of a ‘calendar half full’ outlook, which means we are happy to remind you we’ve still got a dozen delicious drams to go! With that in mind, let’s get onto today’s whisky.

Hiding behind door number 12 is That Boutique-y Company’s World Whisky Blend. If you’re new to its bottles, That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an award-winning independent bottler, with some of the funkiest labels in the whisky world (each hand illustrated by artist Emily Chapell). This World Whisky Blend however, is unlike any Boutique-y bottling that has come before it, although it does still have a funky label. So what’s so different about this one we hear you ask? Well, it isn’t called the World Whisky Blend for nothing as it’s made up of whiskies from all four corners of the globe. Seriously, there’s well over ten different countries in the blend, from Europe to Asia, to the USA and beyond. 

It’s been designed by the Boutique-y team to be mixed, with seven mixers, each one taking inspiration from the way the world drinks whisky. They are: ginger ale, cola, coconut water, green tea, soda water or tonic water (below). Some you might find downright outrageous, but we can assure you they’re all different and equally delicious. If you’re not a fan of drinking whisky mixed though, don’t worry, the seventh mixer is… nothing at all because it’s delicious neat.

We caught up with Dave Worthington, AKA Boutique-y Dave, to discover the inspiration for Boutique-y’s versatile sipper.  

Master of Malt: What is the World Whisky Blend? 

Dave Worthington: Our World Whisky Blend is a blend of whiskies from around the globe. Our inspiration came from two sources. blended Scotch whisky of course, (almost 90% of Scotch Whisky sold around the world is blended) and Dave Broom’s book Whisky The Manual where Dave explores how to drink whisky in all its forms; with soda water, ginger ale, cola, coconut water, and green tea. Much of the world drinks whisk(e)y mixed, and not out of a nosing glass!

The foundation of this blend is Canadian double-distilled corn whisky. Scotch grain of old was distilled from corn (maize). Today it’s almost all wheat. In addition, there’s Irish single grain, Kentucky bourbon, Tennessee rye and bourbon, and single malts from USA, Finland, Taiwan, Sweden, France, Switzerland, India The Netherlands, and, of course, some from Scotland too. 

MoM: Which country has got you most excited about their whisky? 

DW: There is so much great whisky being made around the world, but the recent growth of whisky being made on my own doorstep, English Whisky, is really exciting! The first whisky distillery I ever visited was The English Whisky Company’s St George’s Distillery in Norfolk. At that time it was the only one! I’ve counted 25 distilleries in England that are or have been making whisky today.

MoM: What’s Boutique-y Whisky been up to this year? 

DW: While we have all been restricted in what we’ve been able to do this year, it hasn’t stopped That Boutique-y Whisky Co. getting on with the all important bottling of great whiskies for drinkers to discover. We’ve introduced a number of new labels this year. Five in our ‘World Series’ release in July, with our first ever whiskies from Wales: Penderyn, Taiwan: Nantou, and France: Armorik. As well as firsts from The Copperworks distillery in Seattle, and the Elsburn distillery in Germany. Our ‘Rye Series’ launched in October brought another six new Boutique-y labels from the pen of Emily Chappell. We’ve also bottled some amazing Scotch whiskies from the brand new Nc’nean distillery, to old malts from Auchroisk, Tomatin and Glentauchers.

MoM: Anything exciting happening next year? 

DW: You can bet your bottom dollar on that! Look out for our first whisky launch of 2021. A new themed series with EIGHT brand new labels from the once fourth largest whisky producing nation in the world. Things have changed a lot since its heyday of the 1950s, but it is certainly making some great whiskies today.

MoM: If there was one whisky gift under your tree this year, what would you want it to be? 

DW: There’s a few whisky books I’ve been looking for, but The Making of Scotch Whisky, by J.R. Hume and M.S. Moss would be a great gift to find on Christmas Morning. I may have just found a copy, a gift to myself. There’s a recent Boutique-y bottling of Glentauchers that I would love to find under my tree. It’s the oldest release I’ve found from this distillery, a 44 year old. That’s almost as old as me!

Tasting notes from the Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Sweet honey, with fresh baked bread and tart apple crumble. 

Palate: Young orchard fruits, with warming spices and further hints of flora and honey. 

Finish: Further spices, with toffee ice cream.

 

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Top ten: American whiskeys under £50

We’ve picked out some beauties from across the pond that are so cheap you’ll think we forgot to convert the price from dollars to pounds! The United States tends to…

We’ve picked out some beauties from across the pond that are so cheap you’ll think we forgot to convert the price from dollars to pounds!

The United States tends to do everything bigger so it’s no surprise that, when it comes to American whiskey, we’re pretty spoilt for choice. But with so many options it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to picking up the finest bottle of bourbon or rye whiskey. That’s why we’d like to help out. This selection is full of some of our favourite expressions and the best part is, they all cost less than £50. Perfect, really, if you’re still on the lookout for presents…

American whiskies for under £50

Jim Beam Double Oak Gift Pack with 2x Glasses 

As it’s Christmas time we thought we’d kick things off with a terrific little gift set from Jim Beam! It not only includes a bottle of the delicious Double Oak bourbon, which was initially matured in freshly charred American oak barrels before being moved over to a fresh set of freshly charred American oak barrels, but also two very swanky looking branded tumblers. Perfect for enjoying with a pal (potentially virtually). Isn’t that what this season is all about?

What does it taste like?

Full-bodied vanilla, milk chocolate, a kick of cardamom, fruity malt and charred oak toastiness.

American whiskies for under £50

Buffalo Trace

A classic example of what a Kentucky straight bourbon should be, this is the kind of bourbon you need to have in your home bar. The award-winning core Buffalo Trace expression is a personal favourite of mine thanks to its incredible value, delicious taste and versatility, which has also made it a go-to for many bourbon lovers over the years. It’s also a great one for beginners if you’re new to the category.

What does it taste like?

Spicy and sweet with caramel, creamy toffee eclairs, hints of cinnamon, rum spice, cereal sweetness, brown sugar, toffee apple, sweet oak, custard, oily espresso beans, a touch of chocolate-covered raisins and toasty wood.

American whiskies for under £50

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

The official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby and the only bourbon which is triple-distilled in copper pot stills, Woodford Reserve is a firm favourite of American whiskey fans for good reason. It’s also notable for being made with a mash bill that features a high percentage of rye (72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt) and for having the lowest proof upon entering the barrel, which creates a creamy, refined and full-bodied whiskey that’s delicious neat and in an Old Fashioned.

What does it taste like?

There are notes of honey, leather, a touch of cocoa, a little smoke, toasty oak, vanilla cream, butterscotch, espresso beans, winter spice, cereal sweetness, plenty of rye, ground ginger, almond oi and a little rum.

American whiskies for under £50

Sazerac Straight Rye 

You can’t have a round-up of American whiskey without a great rye bottling and this is one truly tasty rye whiskey. It’s a category that’s synonymous with the cocktail and, while you might have enjoyed some of these serves with bourbon, the likes of the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned and the Sazerac were all created with rye whiskey. It seems fitting, then, to recommend an expression that was named for the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans, the birthplace of the famous cocktail.

What does it taste like?

Sweet with spices and stem ginger in syrup, orange zest, freshly ground black pepper, Seville orange marmalade, allspice, peanut butter, toffee and barrel char develop later on.

American whiskies for under £50

Black & Gold 11 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon with an age statement is not something you see much of, neither is bourbon from Tennessee for that matter. But Black & Gold is no ordinary bourbon. This showstopper was distilled from a corn-forward mash bill, (84-8-8, corn-rye-barley) and aged in slowly-charred barrels to create a rich, complex and slightly savoury profile, with enough of that classic American oak sweetness to keep it honest. As the bottle says, “Fire made it good”. 

What does it taste like?

Dense vanilla, toasted brown sugar atop apple pie, gingersnaps, cinnamon sticks, caramelised nuts, cask char, earthy cigar box, a touch of maple syrup, forest floor richness and chocolate sweetness.

American whiskies for under £50

Maker’s Mark 46

The classic Maker’s Mark is an all-time favourite for any sound-of-mind bourbon lover, but today we thought we’d draw your attention to the brand’s first line extension since the ’50s. Maker’s 46 is essentially the original bumped up a notch, with a bolder, spicier profile that was attained by inserting seared French oak staves into the barrels (with the stave profile “number 46” – thus the name). We can confirm it worked a treat.

What does it taste like?

Dense vanilla, toasted brown sugar atop apple pie, gingersnaps, cinnamon sticks, caramelised nuts, cask char, earthy cigar box, a touch of maple syrup, forest floor richness and chocolate sweetness.

American whiskies for under £50

Balcones Baby Blue Corn 

Corn Whiskeys are one of the oldest styles of American whiskey and for a good while, they took a backseat and had to watch as their cousin bourbon stole the show (the difference between the two is that the mash bill for corn whiskey must be at least 80% corn, whereas for bourbon it’s 51% , if you were wondering). Recently, however, their production has enjoyed a renaissance and one of the finest examples is this beauty, which is not only the first Texan whiskey, but the first whiskey to be distilled from blue corn! If you want to understand this historical style and what all the fuss is about, then this is a great place to start.

What does it taste like?

Soft vanilla, candied peel, caramelised bananas, toasted oak, dark caramel, baked apple, salted apple, baking spices and a little creamy cereal sweetness.

American whiskies for under £50

Rebel Yell French Oak

We love a bit of Rebel Yell, almost as much as Billy Idol, and it was hard to pick out a favourite from its range. But, given you don’t often see bourbon finished in toasted French oak barrels which previously held wine for six months, we thought this made for an interesting inclusion.  Expect dark fruits, spice and chocolate galore.

What does it taste like?

Cherry jam, cinnamon swirls, mocha, treacle toffee, vanilla sponge, caramelised nuts, very dark chocolate, cooked plum, grated nutmeg, golden syrup and toasty oak spices, with a touch of espresso and forest fruits.

American whiskies for under £50

James E. Pepper 4 Year Old – Ale Cask Finish (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Another one for fans of intriguing cask finishes, this is a rye whiskey that spent some time in barrels that used to hold delicious ale. Distilled by the fabulous James E. Pepper and bottled by our good friends at That Boutique-y Whisky Company, this is the perfect dram for those who want to explore the spirit beyond bourbon.

What does it taste like?

Fudge, toasted barley. floral honey, malty vanilla notes, dense brown sugar, buttery corn, sawdust, oak spice, orange zest and black peppercorn.

American whiskies for under £50

Wild Turkey Longbranch

From one of the finest old school bourbon distilleries around comes a collaboration between master distiller Eddie Russell and Matthew McConaughey. You might know him from such films as Dallas Buyer Club and Magic Mike. This bottling has more than star power though, thanks to its production process, which entailed filtering eight-year-old Wild Turkey whiskey through charcoal made of both Kentucky white oak and Texas mesquite. Which is where Russell and McConaughey are from, respectively. Pretty neat, huh?

What does it taste like?

A sweet blend of buttery caramel, creamy vanilla, orchard fruits, lemon zest, smooth toffee and honey lifted by spicy notes of nutmeg, black pepper and drying oak.

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Bag a Boutique-y birthday bargain!

It’s That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s birthday and to celebrate we’re treating to you some incredible bargains! Did you know that the wonderful That Boutique-y Whisky Company turns eight years old…

It’s That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s birthday and to celebrate we’re treating to you some incredible bargains!

Did you know that the wonderful That Boutique-y Whisky Company turns eight years old on the 12 September? Time really does fly when you’re bottling amazing spirits. To mark this delightful occasion, we’ve decided to do something wonderful for the fans of not only TBWC but also That Boutique-y Gin Company and That Boutique-y Rum Company who have supported the brands over the years. How? By slashing the prices on all kinds of delicious Boutique-y booze! In this blog, we’ve rounded up a selection of some of the finest deals on offer, including expressions from Bowmore and Foursquare. Oh, and happy birthday TBWC!

Bag a Boutique-y birthday bargain!

Auchentoshan 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Lowland’s very own Auchentoshan distillery is home to all kinds of delicious whisky, from Three Wood to American Oak, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottled up some for itself. Expect notes of yellow plum, white grape, subtle baking spice and lemongrass from this beauty and be sure to play around it because it’s delicious mixed as well as neat. If you don’t believe us, check out cocktail genius Ryan Chetiyawardana putting together something special on the bottle’s label, complete with the recipe!

What’s the deal?

It was £58.95, now it’s £48.95.

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Chocolate Orange Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

Everyone knows chocolate and orange go hand-in-hand, so it was only a matter of time before they brought together in perfect harmony in a tasty bottle of gin. That Boutique-y Gin Company made this treat using a mix of classic gin botanicals, orange peel, and cocoa nibs, giving it a profile that we think would make a great base in an interesting Negroni…

What’s the deal?

It was £29.95, now it’s £21.95.

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Foursquare 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Rum Company)

The first offering from Foursquare Distillery to make an appearance as part of That Boutique-y Rum Company’s line up, this blend of pot and column distilled rum lives up to the high standard the Barbados-based producer sets with its independent bottlings. It’s also got one of the most mysterious Boutique-y labels, featuring a specific number of a specific variety of birds, delicious crisps and a famous face. What does it all mean?

What’s the deal?

It was £64.95, now it’s £54.95.

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Bowmore 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

This is a 19-year-old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Do I really need to say anything else? You all know how good this is going to be. Who wouldn’t want a well-aged expression from the oldest distillery on Islay? Nobody I know.

What’s the deal?

It was £172.95, now it’s £152.95.

Alamedapocalypse Gin – St. George Spirits (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

That Boutique-y Gin Company’s collaboration with California’s St. George Spirits was made using botanicals that include juniper berries, angelica, and coriander, but you don’t care, do you? You want to know what’s going on with that label. Well, it shows the post-apocalyptic Alameda Island (that’s San Francisco smouldering in the background), an explosive mushroom cloud from a recently dropped atomic bomb and some kind of holy ninja knights, fighting an anthropomorphic shark with a laser cannon. Any questions?

What’s the deal?

It was £31.95, now it’s £16.95.

Secret Distillery #3 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Rum Company)

This bottle of rum is from an undisclosed distillery, which basically means that all we know about it is that it’s a 10-year-old expression from Jamaica that was snapped up by That Boutique-y Rum Company. Oh, and that it’s utterly delicious with notes of charred tropical fruit, spiced molasses, salted vanilla ice cream, Madeira cake and red cola cubes. Plus it’s got a really cool label with dogs on it. That’s all I need to know!

What’s the deal?

It was £44.95, now it’s £34.95

 

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Boutique-y Whisky marks World Whisky Day with Summit

Mark the diaries, folks – this Saturday is World Whisky Day, and our friends over at That Boutique-y Whisky Company are marking the occasion with the first World Whisky Summit! …

Mark the diaries, folks – this Saturday is World Whisky Day, and our friends over at That Boutique-y Whisky Company are marking the occasion with the first World Whisky Summit! 

Grab the tasting glasses and ready the laptops. Saturday 16 May is World Whisky Day! Bars may be closed but that won’t stop us coming together to celebrate. thanks to our pals at That Boutique-y Whisky Company, we can gather through the medium of the World Whisky Summit – with Master of Malt as a sponsor!

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Boutique-y Dave Worthington and Sam “Dr Whisky” Simmons will host the shenanigans from 7pm BST, which essentially takes the form of a panel discussion with an array of awesome distillers, writers and influencers. 

Confirmed faces include Angela D’Orazio from Mackmyra, David Vitale from Starward, Andy Watts from James Sedgwick Distillery, Becky Paskin from Our Whisky, Dave Broom from The Whisky Manual, drinks writers Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley, and our very own editor, Kristiane Sherry. Check out the full line-up here!

There are just 100 places available in the Zoom webinar, so if you want to be actively involved, you need to register here with haste. Happy to just sit back with a dram? The whole shebang will stream on That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Facebook page, too.

What are you waiting for? See you on Saturday!

Cotswolds 3 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

No biggie, this is just the first ever batch of Cotswolds single malt to be bottled by the Boutique-y folks! The 3 Year Old has been distilled with locally-grown barley, as is all Cotswolds whisky, and is full of toffee apple, grapefruit citrus and warming spices. Plus, you can admire the sunny distillery through the wonders of the awesome Boutique-y label!

Säntis 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

It’s all fruitcake, chocolate and baking spices in this Swiss single malt from Säntis! Independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, of course, after a decade of ageing. This is the very first batch from the distillery in Appenzell, with the label paying homage to a rather iconic super spy…

Slyrs 3 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The inaugural batch of Bavarian single malt from Boutique-y, distilled by Slyrs in Schliersee! It seems only appropriate that the label holds a traditional Oktoberfest scene, with a few whiskies among the beer. Expect oodles of crème brûlée, spice and fruity sweetness in this one.

World Whisky Blend

A blended whisky specifically designed to be mixed! That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s World Whisky Blend takes whisky from all over our home planet to create the versatile expression. It’s just as wonderful neat as it is when mixed, with honey, orchard fruit and baked crumble, so it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Sip on some superb Speysiders!

Sad about the cancellation of the Spirit of Speyside Festival? We’ve got just the thing to lift your spirits: a whole bunch of delicious whiskies from that very region! We…

Sad about the cancellation of the Spirit of Speyside Festival? We’ve got just the thing to lift your spirits: a whole bunch of delicious whiskies from that very region!

We were all disappointed to find out the Spirit of Speyside Festival had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event welcomes a huge number of visitors from across the globe each year to enjoy over 700 whisky-themed activities in a celebration of the biggest whisky-producing region in Scotland. But we can still champion Speyside and its huge variety of delicious whiskies by helping ourselves to a bottling from one of its many distilleries. We’ve done our bit by narrowing down your considerable choice. This selection features a wide range of some of the finest expressions from the region so you can get your hands on some delicious Speysiders with ease. Enjoy!

Speyside #2 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)     

We begin our round-up with a delightful mystery. We know is that this a 25-year-old single malt from a Speyside distillery and that it was bottled by the wonderful folk over at That Boutique-y Whisky Company. We also know that’s it’s from a different distillery in the region to Speyside #1, which only increases the intrigue. What we can confirm, however, is that it’s very, very tasty.

What does it taste like?

Estery malt, candied fruit, nutty almond oil, barley sugars, a hint of Turkish delight, ginger, cinnamon, lemon citrus, white oak, praline, hazelnut, cedar, honey, dried apricot,  gingerbread, dark caramel, vanilla essence and maybe even a hint of rancio.

Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 63      

Aberlour is one of those distilleries that has a passionate following who look forward to every release, in particular the excellent A’Bunadh batches. Well known for being made of whiskies with intense and complex profiles that are matured in Spanish oloroso sherry butts and bottled at cask strength and the 63rd edition is no exception. The series is incredibly popular and its expressions always end up selling out so you’ll want to get your hands on this one sooner rather than later.

What does it taste like?

Buttered malt loaf, sherried peels, spearmint, Christmas cake, dark chocolate mousse, cinnamon, white pepper, dried fruit and sugared almonds.

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask     

There are few distilleries that boast a range as consistently excellent and intriguing as The Balvenie, who demonstrated how to put ex-rum casks to good use with this tasty expression. The single malt Speysider was initially aged in traditional oak casks before it was finished in casks which previously held Caribbean rum, imparting some extra sweetness and warmth.

What does it taste like?

Tropical fruits, namely passion fruit, sweet vanilla, apples, mangoes, orange and creamy toffee.

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old        

Those who love sherried whisky love Glenfarclas whisky, and for good reason. The independent and family-owned distillery is well known for producing some spectacular sherry bombs and its 15-year-old expression maybe the standout from its impressive core range.  A fabulously complex and rich Scotch, Glenfarclas 15 Year Old is bottled at 46% ABV simply because this was the strength that George Grant’s grandfather preferred it at. 

What does it taste like?

Intense, powerful sherry, rancio, orange peel, walnuts, dates and peppermint.

Cardhu Gold Reserve      

A sweet, mellow and easy-drinking expression from one the region’s oldest distilleries, Cardhu Gold Reserve is an impressive no-age-statement release that represents seriously good value for money. It’s a whisky that’s delightful when mixed and we can tell you from experience that it makes a very good Hot Toddy.

What does it taste like?

Honeyed tinned stone fruits, toffees, strawberry, red apple, ginger and biscuity oak.

Master of Malt 10 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur        

Something a bit different to conclude our list is a whisky liqueur that’s excellent over ice with a healthy helping of fresh orange peel, but more than good enough to drink neat. Our very own Speyside Whisky Liqueur was made exclusively using 10-year-old single malt whisky from one of Speyside’s most famous distilleries that was previously matured in sherry casks to give it that classic Speyside style. We emphasised this flavour by adding a host of tasty ingredients such as cinnamon, two different kinds of orange peel and cloves. Delicious.

What does it taste like?

Dried, aromatic fruit, nutmeg, cinnamon, anise, Angostura bitters, cola, peppermint, dark chocolate, dried ginger, crème brûlée, blood oranges, mint humbugs, sweet malty cereal and vanilla.

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New Year, New Boozes!

A new year, a new decade, in fact, means there’s more new delicious booze for us to enjoy and so we’ve rounded up a few of the finest to make…

A new year, a new decade, in fact, means there’s more new delicious booze for us to enjoy and so we’ve rounded up a few of the finest to make life easier for you.

There are few things more joyful then the rewarding feeling you get when you take a chance on something you haven’t tried before and find a new favourite. It could be a film you’ll spend the rest of your life watching, a meal you’ll forever be tempted to order or a drink you’ll always have room for on your shelf. 

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to try something different, particularly as there’s plenty of great events on the horizon that are perfect for a little boozy indulgence, from Burns Night to Chinese New Year. The following drinks are ideal for those who want to kick-off the new year by broadening their horizons and enjoying some of the finest new arrivals at MoM Towers.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Chinese New Year Tasting Set

As we touched on in the intro, Chinese New Year is on the horizon (25th Jan, meaning it’s sharing some celebration space with Burns Night). That Boutique-y Whisky Company has decided to mark the occasion the best way it knows how: with delicious whisky! You’ll find five different 30ml wax-sealed sample drams from the indie whisky bottler’s stunning range in this set, the packaging of which was modelled on the red envelopes gifted during Chinese New Year festivities. There’s also an expanded 12 Dram Gift Set for those who want to really see in the Chinese New Year in style.

Chinese New Year Red Envelope Whisky Tasting Set Contents:

Macduff 10 Year Old; Glengoyne 9 Year Old; Cameronbridge 27 Year Old; Teaninich 11 year Old and Linkwood 10 Year Old.

Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Bourbon

Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Bourbon is a blend of three whiskeys which were finished in hand-toasted, new American oak barrels from the Louisville-based Kelvin Cooperage. Wait, I haven’t mentioned yet that Heaven’s Door was co-founded by Bob Dylan. That’s right. It’s a Bob Dylan whiskey, folks. 

What does it taste like?:

Honey on rye toast, apricot, liquorice, apple, peach, lemon, pepper, grilled pineapple, burnt brown sugar and a hint of strawberry. 

The Wrecking Coast Kea Plum Rum Liqueur

Rum is said to be the go-to spirit of 2020, which is good news for tasty rum liqueurs like this beauty from The Wrecking Coast. It’s a modern twist on the Rum Shrub, a traditional Cornish drink that dates back to the 17th century made from mixing fruit with rum. In this example, Kea plums, which are only found in a single valley in Cornwall, were foraged and then rested in white rum for around two months with orange and ginger too.

What does it taste like?:

Sharp plum notes, with warming ginger, sweeter orange peel, and a tart, jammy finish.

Peerless 3 Year Old Single Barrel – Modjeska

Given that this booze was bottled for the British Bourbon Society, you’d be forgiven for thinking Peerless 3 Year Old Single Barrel – Modjeska is a tasty bourbon. But you’d be wrong. Instead, this is a particularly delightful and young rye whiskey that got its name after a type of confectionery first created in Louisville, Kentucky that’s made by dipping marshmallow in caramel. Which sounds awesome. Much like this whiskey. 

What does it taste like?:

White grape skin, clove spice, fresh cream, prickly pepper heat, crème brûlée, toasted marshmallow, white chocolate, buttery vanilla pod and butterscotch.

Teeling 18 Year Old Renaissance Series

The Renaissance Series celebrates the ongoing Renaissance of Irish whiskey, Dublin whiskey and Teeling themselves, which we’re happy to raise a glass to! The 18 Year Old single malt is the first expression from the series and was matured first in ex-bourbon barrels before enjoying a finishing period in ex-Madeira casks.

What does it taste like?:

Ripe red fruits, figs, cinnamon, clove spice, toffee apple, dried fruits, maraschino cherry and rosewater.

Colombo Navy Strength Gin

A Navy Strength gin from Sri Lanka concludes our round-up, one from the fine folks at Colombo! Made from a similar botanical recipe as the original Colombo London Dry, which includes juniper, angelica, coriander seed, liquorice root, Sri Lankan cinnamon bark, ginger root and curry leaves. In the Navy Strength, which was bottled at 57% ABV, there’s an extra helping of curry leaves to add an aromatic, spicy kick.

What does it taste like?:

A kick of candied ginger, with refreshing menthol, aromatic curry leaf and peppery coriander.

 

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