A limited release blended whisky from the team behind Lind & Lime Gin and Port o’ Leith Distillery.
This is the first whisky they have released onto the market and is made up with carefully sourced casks of Scotch whisky, blended in a large oak vat which is then half emptied and refilled with newly sourced whiskies.
A process increasingly common with whisky companies looking to create consistency in their blended whiskies, the large cask, often referred to as a solera vat, adds extra a little extra maturation in each release.
Nose – Caramelised apple tart, custard danish pastries, sandalwood.
Palate – Crème brûlée, lemon sherbet, toffee, marmalade.
Finish – Lemon drizzle cake, clotted cream.
Batch 1 really starts with this Deanston cask. As a distillery, Deanston has this wonderful cereal forward, nutty robust highland style. This cask was a solid foundation on which to construct the other elements of the blend because it really had that undeniable Scotch Whisky character.
The next part of the process was to establish a solid grain base to complement the flavour profiles of the malt. Firstly, a North British ex-bourbon American standard barrel which exudes lemons. Working in partnership was another cask from North British, this time the whisky was almost bourbon compared to Scotch. The wood influence has allowed depth that you expect from old grain with thick caramel and espresso notes.
The final stage was to add a bit of seasoning and rich first-fill sherry hogshead was the perfect top note, and like the Deanston, every drop was used. Lots of spiced apple crumble that balanced so well with the backbone of sherry giving those rich dark fruits, raisins and leather. The whisky was mouth coating and so balanced for the age that it worked in tandem with the North British casks to bind these flavours together.
“We fill our blending vat with mature Scotch whisky, sourced from across the country, before bottling at least half. The vat is then replenished, before once again being half emptied, the cycle repeating forever. It is an infinite vat of Scotch, delivering intriguing, complex and exquisite whisky in perpetuity.”