Lagavulin Batch 1 (TBWC)

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 17.47.05Distillery: Lagavulin
Bottled: 2015
Age: ???
ABV: 54.5%
Bottler: That Boutique-y Whisky Company
More Info: WhiskyBase

Here’s a rarity! An indie bottling of Lagavulin.

Nose: Tequila in porridge (a great breakfast favourite of mine), salted oatcakes, sourdough and marzipan.

Palate: More tequila notes, perhaps with grappa. Dry smoke wafts through candied lemons and tart, tangy plums.

Finish: Oaky and buttery with more peat tang and sea salt.

I’m sorry to say, this is too young for the price. Those white spirit notes of tequila are classic signs of young/new make whisky. They’re not unpleasant per se, but you get better notes with age.

Lagavulin spirit is excellent, as far as new make goes. But it needs longer than this in cask before it’s ready for drinking. I’d guess this is around the 5 or 6 years old mark. That might work for more robust distillate like Kilchoman but Lagavulin needs more time.

Sorry chaps at Master of Malt, but this isn’t a winner for my money! 500ml for £100. I’d rather have 700ml of 12 year old and have cash to spare…

Hyde 10 Year Old (Presidents Cask)

Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 20.20.05Distillery: ???
Age: 10 years old
Bottler: Hibernia
ABV: 46%
Cask: Bourbon, finished in Oloroso Sherry
More Info: WhiskyBase

It’s not often I venture to the Emerald Isle in search for a dram! And for a single malt, no less.

Hyde Whiskey appeared on my radar on Twitter a few months back and has been a very prolific brand. The whiskey itself comes from a mystery Irish distillery and is bottled by Hibernia in Skibbereen, south Cork. The name is a nod to the first president of the Republic of Ireland, Douglas Hyde.

Let’s have a go…

Nose: Fruity! Overripe apples flesh, pear skin, peaches, honeysuckle. A little mineral salinity and dry hay, too.

Palate: Sweet, soft and smooth to start. Lemon cakes, toffee and vanilla build up to baking spices, cardamom, liquorice root and ginger. A touch of sour grapefruit and lime in the middle.

Finish: Peppery barrel spice, then long sweet oak.

Really interesting fruity notes on this, with a smooth start though the peppery spices at the end are quite prominent. Not a bad dram, but could be a lot smoother.

Here’s to more single malts from Ireland in future, though – it’s no bad thing to see this kind of dram on the market.

You can pick this up on Master of Malt for £50.88.