Type: Blended Whisky
Ageing casks: N/A
Added colouring: No
Owner: Atom Brands
Average price: € 40.00
Official website: www.thatboutiqueywhiskycompany.com
They already have a particularly long name, but for this bottling the folks at Atom Brand have outdone themselves!
And they chose it for something that some enthusiasts have probably thought of doing at least once in their lives, perhaps creating an Infinite Bottle: putting together whiskies from different parts of the globe.
It isn’t known the type of casks used to create this planetary blended (I would say mainly ex-Bourbon), only the countries of origin: Scotland, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, the United States, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Taiwan, India, Italy, Germany (Bavaria), France, Japan and Finland.
The only fixed and not limited edition bottling in their catalogue, exceptionally in a 70cl version, this blended is designed for consumption in seven different ways: neat, with soda (Japan), coconut milk (Venezuela and South-East Asia), cola (America), green tea (China), tonic water (everywhere) and ginger ale (Canada).
A hymn to diversity, against the clichés that would like to canonise a single way of drinking whisky, perhaps from a proudly heterosexual male with a cigar between his lips.
You will forgive me if I try it only one way, which is straight….
On the nose, a faint note of acetone and almonds paves the way for sweeter hints of vanilla, honey, fruit (apple, pear, white melon, sultanas) and brown sugar. Along the length, more vegetal aspects emerge, of hay and wet grass, with touches of spices (cinnamon, aniseed). It seems to smell of a grain aged in ex-Bourbon casks, but more rounded.
The palate has a rather light texture but with a good initial spiciness, of pepper and ginger, which soon melts into fruit (with a touch of lemon) with tropical overtones. The sweet part becomes more subdued, in favour of the vegetal/floral component, with the dryness of the wood in the background. Balsamic afflatus along the length.
The finish is not very long and dry, spicy, with white and tropical fruit, wood and vegetal veins.
More pleasant and rich on the nose, it flattens out a little in the mouth while remaining all in all pleasant if lacking in bite. Considering the complexity of blending so many whiskies of different natures, the end result isn’t incisive but nevertheless commendable, and probably most effective in blending.