Type: English Single Malt Whisky
Aging Barrels: Ex-Bourbon, Virgin and ex-Cabernet Sauvignon 2nd fill
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: The English Whisky Co.
Average price: € 65.00
Official website: www.englishwhisky.co.uk
After a long absence from these pages, British distillery The English is back with a recent limited edition bottling, part of a more or less regular series of whiskies matured in former wine casks born in 2018.
There are several versions aged (among others) in this kind of barrels, single cask, cask strength… here we have a small batch (the 3rd of 2020), distilled in November 2014 and bottled in 1,507 pieces in August 2020, a whisky that is therefore young and has hopped between different maturations.
Copper in the glass.
After an initial but brief alcohol imbalance, the wine’s influence on the nose is less evident than one might think, a touch of acidity on red fruit tones accompanying vanilla, baked apples, cinnamon, honey and lemon. A fresh and pleasant nose, without much personality.
The palate reveals itself to be richer and more decisive, with a peppery touch on an oily and dry distillate that brings with it fruit (peach, banana, plums), hazelnuts, cinnamon, vanilla, custard, apple tart. Touch of rhubarb and candied oranges, with hints of sultanas, iced cereals and chocolate.
Quite long, warm and spicy finish of hazelnuts, malt, wood, chocolate.
A whisky that starts off in a minor key and then grows as you drink it, revealing itself to be full and rich on the palate with a remarkable balance between the various casks, thanks also to a not too marked influence of the Cabernet casks. A successful and enjoyable experiment, definitely worth trying.