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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.
This is peated single malt from a secret distillery (feel free to drop me a line if you’d like some clues!).
The nose has a complex mixture of earthy/smoky and sweet/fruity notes, with charcoal stoves, orange jelly, green walnuts and black cardamom. The palate has orange and mango, plus a big peatiness that is more resinous and phenolic than smoky. The finish is incredibly long and smouldering, with scorched honey and malt extract. An unusual and fascinating whisky!
This hogshead produced 313 bottles at a cask strength of 56.0% and they are available for £105 each.
A lovely cask from this under-appreciated Highland distillery! The nose has peachy yellow fruits, pine needles, malted milk biscuits and some Highlandsy touches of soot and minerals. The palate is lightly waxy, with lovely citrussy syrups, cornflake cakes, hazelnut and pear tart, and a super-clean and slightly herbal finish. A perfect dram for the spring and summer.
This ex-bourbon hogshead produced 320 bottles at a cask strength of 54.2% and they are available for £75 each.
This is a complex-for-its-years dram with a bit of the old-school distillery character. The nose has soft waxy fruits (strawberry laces, cherry chapstick) , earth and dried honey, buttered toast and little savoury notes in the background. The palate starts with classically sherried notes of orange and dark chocolate, and then develops through more red fruits to a salty and savoury finish.
This whisky spent its first decade in a bourbon barrel, and the last 4 years in a sherry butt. 226 bottles at a cask strength of 55.0% were produced and they are available for £80 each. One per person please.
A characterful but easy-drinking example of this distinctive Highland make. The nose has banana bread, caraway and rye, peanut brittle, honey, olive oil and apricot jam. The palate takes us to a bakery somewhere in central Europe with gingerbread, rye bread, baking spices and honeyed pastries, plus orange cream and sweet Frisian tea.
This hogshead produced 181 bottles at a cask strength of 47.5% and they are available for £160 each.
This is sherry-matured single malt from Glenrothes distillery.
You almost get two whiskies for one here. Neat this is rich and intense, with chocolate, peanut brittle, dried figs, jaffa cake and a thickly-textured mouthfeel. Adding water brings a zesty fruitiness into the foreground (orange cake, grapefruit jam, apple pie), with the richer caramel and nutty notes returning in the finish. It’s great fun to play around and find your own perfect balance!
This second-fill sherry butt produced 368 bottles at a cask strength of 64.6% and they are available for £76.50 each. Last few.
On the nose this is a real fruit basket (red apples, orange drops, marmalade, juicy Riesling), backed with some mineralic and foresty depth (waxes, flints and ferns). The palate is lightly syrupy and waxy, with cream teas and biscuits mixed in with the fruits. The finish is very clean, with blood oranges and mandarins. Very summery, and utterly delicious.
This refill hogshead produced 253 bottles at a cask strength of 42.4% and they are available for £175 each. Last couple.
A sturdy canvas shopping bag with long handles and a gusset, perfect for transporting whisky or other essentials. Screenprinted in Yorkshire. £4 each, and can be added to any bottle order for no extra postage.
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