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All Chorlton Whisky releases are bottled at natural strength from a single cask, with no chill-filtering or added colouring. No monkey business, basically.
Here we have a fascinating Highland malt matured in a cask that previously held peated Islay whisky. The nose has rhubarb & custard sweeties and grilled peaches over a backbone of limestone, moss, and something coastal and lightly smoky in the background. The palate is oily and sweet with more peach, plus liquorice, blackcurrant and lemony buerre blanc. The finish is clean and citrussy, with hints of peat and coal tar in the aftertaste. Delicious and a bit unusual!
This hogshead produced 187 bottles at 57.5% and they are available for £60 each. Last few!
A rollicking joint bottling with my friends at The Rare Malt in Hong Kong! The nose is big and bourbon-forward, with marmalade, custard cream biscuits and plum jam. Underneath that you’ll find more subtle hints of dried flowers, cocoa powder and anise. The palate is also bold and rich, with mocha, chewy gingerbread, nutmeg and fudge, balanced by some zingy fruits. Water is transformative and makes everything more citrussy, clean and herbal.
This first-fill bourbon barrel produced 176 bottles at 62.0% and they are available for £62.50 each.
A single malt, here, from the more famous of Orkney’s two distilleries! The nose is distinctly coastal, and fragrant with heathery smoke, herbs, salted caramel, scorched honey and citrus. On the palate it’s fat and oily, with a long smoky, salty, citrussy and honeyed development. It’s remarkably approachable at such a high ABV, but takes water like a champ, bringing forth notes of tangerine jelly and caramel biscuit.
This bourbon hogshead produced 201 bottles at 62.9% and they are available for £67.50 each.
Blair Athol 12-year-old
A complex, earthy and waxy whisky this, in a very old-fashioned Highlands style. The nose has orange peel, malt extract, herbal pastilles and dark berry fruits. The palate has a long development that starts on honey and ginger beer, becomes more nutty, and ends with orange syrup, Blackjack sweets and a touch of salt. Blair Athol isn’t a big name, but this is a delicious and characterful whisky that rewards your attention.
This bourbon hogshead produced 268 bottles at 56.6% and they are available for £62.50 each.
My first foray into the world of whisky outside of Scotland is a rare chance to try a non-finished single cask from Sweden’s Mackmyra distillery. The nose is super-clean and foresty (very Scandi!), with rye, caraway, lemon sponge and hints of apricot. The palate continues the theme with gingerbread, spiced cookies, juniper and a zingy orange/grapefruit fruitiness in the finish. Really interesting stuff, and a profile quite unlike any Scotch.
This bourbon barrel was fully matured in an abandoned mine under the Swedish forest, and produced 278 bottles at 50.2% available for £70 each.
A fully sherry-matured single cask Speysider at an everyday price? Why ever not! This one has dark berry fruits, honey and toasted teacake on the nose. The palate is creamy, with lemon drops, caramelised pears and an earthy and toasty cardamom spiciness, leading into a hazelnut and dried fruit finish. An affable and quaffable dram, but by no means dull.
This sherry butt produced 455 bottles at 57.6% and they are available for £60 each.
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