Origin: Isle of Lambay (Ireland)
Type: Irish Blended Malt Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Cognac
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Maison Camus and Baring Family
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: www.lambaywhiskey.com
A label born in 2018 from the union between two geographically distant entrepreneurs, Cyril Camus of Maison Camus (well-known French cognac producers) and Alexander Baring, a member of a family of German origin who own the island of Lambay, a few kilometres from Ireland.
The idea is to combine the quality of Irish whiskey (in its traditional triple distillation) with a finish in barrels that have contained Cognac (from Camus, of course), left to rest on the island taking advantage of the sea air.
Lambay is a nature reserve, home to a castle restored in medieval style in the early 1900s and is four kilometres north of Dublin.
Few bottlings have been released to date, the Lambay Small Batch Blend (blended grain and malt), the Lambay Single Malt (both at 40% proof), the Lambay Single Cask and this Lambay Malt, a blend of three Irish single malts at a higher proof, both double and triple distilled.
Their origin is not stated, only that they come from distilleries in West Cork, Northern Ireland and the east coast.
The sample in my hands is part of the set premiered by Three Drams, a monthly subscription service with three different 3cl samples of Irish whiskeys, which officially started last November 1st.
The influence of Cognac is evident on the nose, with hints of macerated grapes heralding a very intense floral profile (violet, lime) with freshly cut grass, ripe figs, nectarine, pear, ripe banana, honey. Marzipan, citrus fruits, lemon peel and a whiff of the sea join the aromas, with a touch of propolis in the background. A very rich and full nose.
Natural tones still dominate the palate in an oily, full-bodied whisky imbued with ripe fruit (also melon and a hint of coconut) and cooked pears, seaweed, a veil of nutmeg, honey, lemon, a hint of black pepper. The sweeter tones are veiled, of vanilla, cereals, candyfloss. Along the length it becomes dry, the wood appears, it breaks down and flattens out a bit showing its youth.
The finish is moderately long and dry, rather monochrome, with hazelnuts, honey and wood.
I must admit that I was amazed by the depth of this blended, which, although it loses itself on the length, shows complexity and richness that would make many single malts envious, and for an absolutely bargain price.