Origin: Lowlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and ex-Red Wine
Added colouring: No
Owner: Lindores Abbey Distillery
Average price: € 70.00
Official website: lindoresabbeydistillery.com
The Lowlands are experiencing a second youth, reaping the benefits of a global rediscovery of whisky and Scotch in particular that is leading to the foundation of new distilleries, in Scotland as well as around the world.
And as is often the case, new distilleries are keen to plant their roots in the land, looking for links with the past that can characterise them, as Lindores did.
You can find a complete piece about its origins in this article, telling how Drew and Helen McKenzie Smith decided to bring whisky production back to where there is evidence of its first distillation, in 1494 at Lindores Abbey, in Newburgh, in the county of Fife where other distilleries have already taken up residence.
A substantial investment began in 2015 with the construction of farm buildings next to the original abbey site, made in a modern version but with traditional details. And finally, on 13 December 2017, Lindores Abbey Distillery began its first distillation, from local barley of Concerto quality.
And so we come to 2 July 2021, when Lindores launched 40,000 bottles of the distillery’s first official whisky (named 1494 in Roman numerals), just over three years old, with a Commemorative First Release of 12,750 specially labelled bottles, reserved for selected retailers.
Among the casks used for maturation, those of Burgundy have undergone the process of shaving, toasting and recharring (STR) invented by the late Jim Swan.
Thanks to Viktorija Macdonald for the kind sample.
The nose is quite biscuity, with toasted malt and light herbaceous notes crossing over with vinous and spicy tones. Red fruits, peaches, plums and tangerines in the form of jam, with nutmeg and cinnamon punctuating them, while vanilla and caramel come in the background to make the aromas even more rounded.
In the mouth it offers the right warmth, a hint of pepper and ginger on an oily body where fruit still dominates, less sweet thanks to a greater presence of citrus with a touch of lemon and rhubarb. More toasted malt.
The finish is not very long and spicy, of citrus, malt, red fruits.
A young whisky without, however, the excesses and harshness of youth, with a more interesting nose than it shows on the palate but still with something to say, and which promises well for the future.
A fine debut indeed.