Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Added coloring: No
Owner: Chorlton Whisky
Average price: € 120.00
Official website: chorltonwhisky.co.uk
Chorlton: and you know what you’re drinking!
One could summarise in this way, paraphrasing a famous advertising slogan from a few years ago, the general appreciation of Chorlton Whisky’s proposals among enthusiasts. And we don’t just mean what counts the most, i.e. the content of the bottles, but also the choice of a unique, recognisable packaging, right down to the (beautiful) labels.
Today we have the opportunity to taste one of the latest releases: a Cataibh 10yo. Given that there is no distillery by this name, it should be noted that, as is often the case for legal reasons which, in times of increasing transparency, can crask a smile, some Scotches, if bottled by independents, do not bear an exact indication of provenance. In this case, Cataibh is a fictitious name which, according to the usual well-informed, should ‘cover’ Clynelish.
It’s a single cask ex-Bourbon, distilled on 28 July 2010 and bottled ten years later, at a cask strength of 58.6% ABV, in its natural colour and without chillfiltration, in a total of 272 pieces, still available on the market.
The colour is a light gold.
On the nose, if someone hadn’t suggested it was Clynelish, well… perhaps, with all due modesty, we would have got there anyway, since the first encounter on our olfactory journey is with a note of wax that is the distillery’s signature, always elegant, alongside which an impression of leather and a hint of shortbread are established. The rather curious ensemble is enriched by an unmistakable smell of boiled meat, accompanied by a vanilla fragrance and a touch of coffee powder. After a few minutes, a note of Galatine comes to the fore, along with a hint of sponge cake, while in the background there is a salty vagueness reminiscent of certain morning walks by the sea. The overall profile is enlivened by a sprinkling of white pepper.
In the mouth, the attack is peppery, but, as on the nose, the high alcohol content appears perfectly integrated. Hints of yellow orange zest, dark chocolate and coffee powder warm the palate, along with an intense aroma of dried apricot and yellow apple. Here, the waxy note is slightly subdued, while vanilla prevails in the distance, which remains, lively, in the company of yellow orange zest, yellow apple and white pepper in a remarkable persistent finish.
A whisky capable of conveying the best qualities of the Clynelish distillate, enhanced by the choice of single cask and cask strength, in a high level dram, valuable for both the neophyte and the long-time drinker.