Origin: Norfolk (England)
Type: English Single Malt Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and virgin
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: The English Whisky Co.
Official website: www.englishwhisky.co.uk
Something quite rare in the world of whisky, the English Whisky Co. distillery (one of the “oldest” in England) has for some time opened a club for its enthusiasts, where for a membership fee you receive not only a plastic card, free distillery tour and a fixed minimum discount of 5% on their shop, but also a dedicated and exclusive bottling every two months.
There are two membership levels, the Fellow, with which you receive six bottles of 20cl per year, and the Librarian, with which you receive six bottles of 70cl per year, obviously different in the fee, which can be monthly or annual.
Having recently joined the club, in December I received together with Christmas greetings this first bottling (the sixth since the club existed), a NAS made by combining ex-Bourbon and virgin barrels.
More information can be found here.
Full gold in the glass.
Very noticeable wood spices on the nose, with nutmeg and sandalwood that caress the nostrils, accompanied by light tones of banana, vanilla, beeswax, candied orange, strudel impression. Over time, it intensifies by getting softer and caressing, with the addition of honey, cereals and pencil chips. Pleasantly young.
A breath of black pepper introduces the palate to a soft and oily texture of yellow fruit (peach, banana, apple), cinnamon, nutmeg, cereals, honey, rhubarb, licorice root. A beautiful sweet/bitter contrast that cleans the mouth, with a slight persistence of wood on the length and the appearance of a puff of smoke.
Finish quite long, dry and savory with a smoky tip on yellow and dried fruit.
Young but decisive whisky, well balanced, a classic dram with a whisky that knows how to be a whisky, without the need to demonstrate something, a non-demanding dram that leaves its mark.