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Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Commemorative First Release

(70cl, 46%)

Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Commemorative First Release

Lindores Commemorative Bottling Note

Back in 1494, King James IV commissioned Brother John Cor at Lindores Abbey to make aqua vitae with eight bolls of malt. That's history right there – Lindores Abbey is officially recognised site of the first recorded distillation of Scotch whisky. Now, it has all come full circle, as the Lindores Distillery has gone and released its first commercially available whisky! This Lowland single malt was aged in ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, and STR ex-Burgundy red wine casks, and it packs an rich though enjoyably light flavour profile. This is the Commemorative First Release edition, which has been labelled to celebrate the launch!

Find out more about Lindores Abbey's first whisky over on our blog!

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A malty and crisp nose opens with sherried spice, soft toffee pennies, hazelnut, and condensed milk. As it develops aromas appear that make me think I was standing by a bakery door in an orchard, with puff pastry, vanilla, Granny Smith apples, Conference pears, fresh dough, and buttercream. Figs, plums, and blueberries bring more fruitiness to the core of the nose with some orange rind, foam bananas, and dried cranberries also present for good measure. Light floral and herbal notes waft away throughout alongside a helping of posh dark chocolate, salty porridge, and pipe tobacco adding some intriguing depth.

Palate: The delivery is viscous, arriving somewhere pleasant between creamy and oily. The 46% ABV gives this an enjoyable heft and presence. Aromatic spice from nutmeg and clove, as well as some freshly cracked black pepper, cuts through some of that creamy caramel and vanilla combinations that carry over from the nose and balance nicely with darker fruits and some cooked apple. Youth and wine casks bring some occasional spikiness that needs some development, but there’s enough personality and composure here for them to give way for notes of marzipan, pears poached in red wine, chocolate digestives, burnt orange rind, and jam.

Finish: Medium in length with a pang of drying bitter oak, some syrupy anise, peppermint, and a lingering reminder of the plump orchard fruits and dairy cream that comprises the new make’s character.

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Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Commemorative First Release Reviews

Surprisingly rewarding and complex with plenty going on!

Having happened across an outlet on the right day I have to say for a new release this is superb. Although Fife water isn’t famed this whisky is multi-dimensional a credit to the distillers and a real treat for the taste buds. I shall certainly be trying to secure another bottle. Well done all at Lindores.

4th July 2021

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