The Naarangi is a very intriguing, inventive release from the Amrut distillers in India. Using casks which previously held a combination of oloroso Sherry, matured wine and orange peel for three years, they matured a three year old single malt whisky for a further three years, which has resulted in an expression with bright, expressive orange notes shining through.
“Despite the nose, the immediate sensation is one of being caressed by molassed sugar and then a ratching up of the peat notes. As they get more forceful, so the experience becomes that little bit drier and spicier, though not without the molasses refusing to give way” Amrut
A symbol of the distillery’s values, the Armorik Double Maturation enhances the quality of its know-how and its Breton “terroir.” Through a partnership with the last Breton cooper, the distillery uses unique oak casks from the local forests of Brittany for the first maturation of six years, before transferring the whisky into oloroso sherry butts for its second maturation. Bottled at 46% alc./vol. and non chill-filtered, the Armorik Double Maturation impresses with its elegance and complexity. Top 10 whiskies of 2018 Whisky Advocate 93PTS
Crafted by a visionary distiller this uses barley from the north of France and is aged in Limousin oak casks for a uniquely French take on the spirit. Layered with dried apricot, cocoa, strawberry and grainy aromas; the palate is medium with an earthy note and repeats from the nose. Very velvety with a long smooth finish.
The nose offers an amazing intensity with floral fragrances, hints of oak and vanilla. On the palate, floral aromas are developed into fruity notes and a hint of honey, as well as spicy flavours of cinnamon and gingerbread. The finish is long lasting, delicately smoky, with a touch of liquorice. It is enjoyed neat and becomes even more remarkable on the rocks.
The second release of peated whisky from Ichiro Akuto’s Chichibu distillery. Distilled in 2010 from heavily peated, 59.6pmm malt, it’s bottled at a higher strength than the first batch, giving a bolder and more intensely smoky flavour, with spice and sweetness.
Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu ‘The Peated’ 2015 Cask Strength. A 3 year old heavily peated whisky from Japan, this is as interesting as it is unusual. Bottled at 62.5% this whisky has a fantastic nose full of smoke and vanilla, and those elements hold up on the palate too. It’s packs an ingenious range of flavours with smoke and citrus and a great malt backbone. This is a fantastic whisky worthy of any collection.
This Single Malt from The English Whisky Company was matured 11 years in a Burgundy Red Wine Cask. Only 300 bottles
A peated edition of The English single malt whisky from the English Whisky Company. A good core of smoke runs through this one, alongside recognisable vanilla-rich notes.
Cultivated, distilled and aged in France double distilled in Charentais pot stills. Aged between 4 and 7 years in Bourbon and new American oak barrels. Peat from Hamburg: 35 ppm
Cultivated, distilled and aged in France, double distilled in Charentais pot stills and aged between 3 and 5 years in 6 different types of barrels: new and old French oak (36 months), new American oak, first fill Cognac casks, Bourbon casks and Burgundy red wine casks.
Flavours of dried fruits, black chocolate, baked apple, candied fruits, caramel, nutmeg.
This Hakushu whisky was aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels. Being non-chill filtered, it has resulted in a great deal of creamy sweetness. This whisky was distilled at Hakushu distillery surrounded by forest at the foot of the Southern Japan Alps – beautiful!
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