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Filey Bay Single Malt Whisky (Second Release)

(70cl, 46%)

Filey Bay Single Malt Whisky (Second Release)

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Filey Bay Second Release Bottling Note

It's the second release of the awesome Filey Bay single malt from the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery! The marriage of malts is fairly similar to its predecessor, with a selection of pot and column still distillates aged in bourbon casks alongside a single sherry cask. Just 6,000 bottles were released at 46% ABV.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Some orange peel, blueberry muffin and lemon meringue pie, with a side of barley sugar.

Palate: Citrus ice cream, cooked apple and honey, with vanilla cream, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Finish: Floral honey, toasted nuts and cinnamon.

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Filey Bay Single Malt Whisky (Second Release) Reviews

I wanted to like it...but I don't!

I really wanted to like this bottling since I am originally from the area it is produced. I've had 4-5 drams of it to give it chance, and whilst it has improved a little, unfortunately I'm just not that taken with it.

Forgetting about the price, considering the age and trying to be constructive - there are things I like about it. On the nose I do get some candied peel, vanilla, fig and marzipan. On tasting, this does initially translate to the palette but then is quickly overrun with alcohol, burning and a rough mouth feel. It's not that well balanced. There's not enough character going on to justify the raw nature. I don't really get the cask coming through. The finish is quite long and not in a good way.

Personally, I'd take something like a Highland Park 12, or a Glendronach 12 over this and pocket the leftover change. And that is the real sticking point about this whisky for me - the price. I don't care about limited bottlings so that point isn't going to sway me. For this money I expect more sophistication and/or character. This delivers neither.

Having said all this, it could be for you - if you like more burn from your whisky and you use water. But it's definitely a try-before-you-buy deal in my opinion.

22nd October 2020

Disappointment so far

I agree with the comments below, I find this Whisky bland and boring, it just needs something. I have only had 2 drams out of the bottle so far, so Once oxygen enters the bottle and overtime, I am hoping the Whisky will improve. I will make on my first impressions, but when I have drink more, I will revise if needed.

10th August 2020

Major disappointment

I’m not often overly critical on any bottle of whisky but I’m afraid I have to be with this. I’ve recently been opening my bottles of English whisky I’ve had sitting around for a few years and I have been hugely impressed with what I’ve had from The Lakes Distillery, The Cotswolds Distillery and The English Whisky Distillery and given the fairly hefty price for this Filey Bay I had pretty high expectations for it but my God has it fallen short. It is young, that has to be expected I know but it really shows and there are no redeeming features of the spirit character, it’s frankly boring and unadventurous and it just is not working this young, still too much new make rawness, found it quite hot as well. Cotswolds on the other hand do get away with it, their spirit character is much more lively and interesting and they get the bourbon cask characteristics shining through so they're obviously using fresher/better quality casks. This is just no where near the same league as the other English whiskies and yet it’s more expensive. My advice would be stay away unless you happen to get it significantly cheaper than the fifty odd quid it’s currently going for.

2nd August 2020

Great Refreshing Summer Dram

First time trying anything from the Spirit of Yorkshire and I was impressed. It is light and refreshing, fruity with a nice balance of sweetness. Becomes a touch creamy with a touch of water.

13th May 2020

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