English Whisky Co. Chapter 14 (unpeated)

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.

I bought this particular dram after my wife told me to (I know when it’s best to do what I’m told). This is to mark St George’s Day on 23rd April. I had intended to do a couple of weeks worth of English whisky reviews on the run up but it didn’t work out in the end and instead I spent a week sharing my old tasting notes for Lakes Distillery whiskies I’d previously tried. This however I tasted on St George’s day itself and just about managed to post these notes in time!

Colour:

White wine.

Nose:

Vanilla to start, then some young spirit comes though (this particular expression is 5 years old). Once I got past this though I got butter, raisins, apples and rum sweetness. I did also get some slight wood – not oak though, more like pine.

Palate:

Sweet, fruity at first then the alcohol took hold and obscured everything for a moment (surprising as it’s only 46%). Once I got used to this though bananas and custard came through.

Finish:

Slightly nutty and dry. A green grape note lingers though.

Overall:

This was my first time trying anything by The English Whisky Co. and I have to say I regret not having tried their whisky sooner. 

This wasn’t anything astounding. It was fruity, sweet and creamy. However being hit by the alcohol burn on the palate did ruin it a bit for me – maybe a drop of water would remedy this though? I personally wouldn’t buy this expression again, and in fact I’m glad I only bought a 20cl bottle as the 70cl version is a tad pricey in my opinion at around the £45 mark.

After that rather damning conclusion however it did leave me intrigued about their other expressions. This was only 5 years old and I’d like to see something a bit older from them. This expression may not have suited my palate but I’ll certainly explore more from them and hopefully I’ll find something which I do enjoy.


Notes:

Tasting notes from The English Whisky Co. Website.


TASTING NOTES

Nose:

Warm vanilla Danish pastry. Fruity with lychees and rum soaked raisins. Demerara sugar and mandarin oranges.

Taste:

Very fruity, bananas and light fruits. Hints of crème brulee. Almost like a light brandy. Warm alcohols and a long dry finish.

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