November 13, 2016
This week's review focuses on the first of a series of nine new bottlings which have been bottled under The Single Cask brand. These bottlings cover a range of distilleries in Scotland and England and also range from between 7 and 21 years of age.
First up, we travel to Norwich in England and take on the first non-Scotch whisky which has been bottled under The Single Cask brand. This particular expression originated from The English Whisky Co Ltd, which is the parent company which owns and operates the St Georges Distillery which was founded in 2006.
This particular expression was distilled in 2009 and was sourced from a batch of heavily peated whisky which was peated to 62 ppm (parts per million of phenol) and bottled at a cask strength abv of 60% for The Single Cask.
So, let's jump right in!
The Single Cask English Whisky Company 2009 7 Years Old (60% abv)
Colour: Golden syrup
Nose: Gentle, sweet peat coupled with sweet barley, hints of acetone and slight smoke. A fair bit of alcohol is present but it isn't intrusive. There's a fairly gristy note which also complements the peat somewhat and the nose seems rather rounded.
Palate: Sweet, honeyed, spicy and fairly rich, with more of the sweet peat, cinnamon, vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrel maturation. A fair bit of heat and the relative youth of the spirit shines through without making it seem raw or under-developed in any way.
Finish: Medium on the finish, with the warming wood spices, slight honey and hints of peat lingering to the very end.
Balance: Fairly well-balanced for a whisky of this age and a rather enjoyable first foray into the world of English whisky. The mouthfeel is quite oily for the most part, but gets drying over time.
This expression is available for purchase by the dram and bottle for in-bar consumption and is also available as a part of our new The Single Cask Journey #1 flight. It is also available by the bottle for retail/takeaway purposes, so please approach our friendly bar staff for more information and they will be more than happy to assist you.
Written by Brendan Pillai for The Single Cask.
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