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Atom Brands Independent Bottlers Scotland Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Darkness 8yo

Review of a bottling from an unknown Scottish distillery, created by Atom Brands.

Origin: Scotland
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 47.8%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon finished in ex-Sherry Oloroso octave
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Atom Brands
Average price: € 55.00
Official website: darknesswhisky.com
Vote: 71/100

Atom Brands is the “arm” of the well-known Master of Malt online shop, which in 2008 decided to completely reinvent itself and start bottling its own.
It started in 2011 with its first gin, Ablefoth’s Bathtub Gin, immediately making clear, in the choice of names and labels, its desire to follow an eccentric, unconventional line.
And it was the following year that a brand was born in the wake of this philosophy, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, which, in addition to a wide choice of interesting bottlings, offers a label graphic design inspired by underground comics.
This was followed by That Boutique-y Gin Company in 2017, the rum version the following year and finally the birth of Atom Labs in 2019, a “hotbed of ideas” with which to experiment and test original and innovative proposals.

Darkness is a bottling from an undeclared Scottish distillery, matured in ex-Bourbon with a few months’ finishing in smaller ex-Sherry Oloroso casks, thanks to which the influence of Spanish wine is more incisive despite the short stay.
In addition to the aforementioned labels, Atom Brands also runs Drinks by the Dram (sample in a boxed set) and The Character of Islay Whisky Company (with, of course, bottlings from Islay).

Tasting notes

Copper in the glass.
As expected, the Sherried influence is well present and fairly intense on the nose, with dates, sour cherries, liquorice, dark chocolate, candied orange, balsamic vinegar and cinnamon. There is a sulphurous and mineral note in the background. Rather classic and youthful profile.
Alcoholic and dry note on the opening, with a light texture of sultanas, plums, hazelnuts, malt, liquorice, orange peel, wood. Spicy touch of cinnamon and tobacco.
Medium length finish of hazelnuts, wood, orange, tobacco.

Too young, probably, to the point that even with its certainly not mild alcohol content it’s a little watered down, not very incisive, and I don’t think the small cask has helped the final result, which is timid and a little dull.

Reviews of Atom Brands whisky in the blog:
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Ben Nevis 23yo Batch 10

Other perspectives:
The Whiskyphiles

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