It has been a good month for tastings! I was able to attend both Lost Distilleries and Elements of Islay experiences and have picked one from each to highlight this month rounding off with an all-time favourite I recently rediscovered in a new bar in Birmingham. I look forward to seeing many of you at The Angels Share Whisky Tasting!
What: Lossit Classic, The Lost Distilleries, 43%, Blended Scotch Malt Whisky
Where: Crucial Drinks
Nose: The first smell was very reminiscent of a Port Ellen for me, so my interest was immediately peaked. Soft smoke, toasted oak as it develops, malty feel in the nose with hints of pear drops.
Palate: Initial taste is a lot spicier than the nose would make you believe! The malt and smoke come to the fore, rich taste all over my tongue.
Finish: Long finish developing from that spice kick to a smooth vanilla and as the smoke diminishes, pear notes return.
Lossit Distillery on Islay was open from 1817 to 1867 and was a larger producer of whisky than Bowmore in its heyday! Lost Distilleries take legendary whiskies from closed distilleries and research to create modern day expressions of these. If you’d like to read more about the history of the distillery and how they came up with this expression there is a good write up on their website.
What: BR6 Elements of Islay, 50.4%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Where: The Whisky Exchange
Nose: Honey, salted caramel, hints of something fresh also. The internet says green apple but I didn’t get this even on a second tasting.
Palate: Creamy in the mouth, more honey than caramel now, strong punch as the alcohol hits but then sweet on the tongue. Sharpness on the edge of the tongue like if you eat something with ginger and lemongrass.
Finish: Medium length with vanilla developing as the oak fades.
Elements of Islay is another boutique whisky bottler, focused on single malt whiskies from Islay. Each is selected to express a specific character of a distillery. In this case BR6 is the 6th expression they’ve done from Bruichladdich and is a whisky put down in 1992 and bottled in 2015. If you can find a bottle, they do an Lg5 which tastes like the errant sibling to the Lagavulin 200 anniversary bottling!
What: Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old, 43%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Where: The Lobby On Hill Street
Nose: Rum notes prominent with brown sugar and butter. Tropical hints. Very sweet
Palate: Sweet vanilla, toast and toffee popcorn
Finish: Long sweet finish. Lingers.
Tasting notes on this one are a bit limited because I keep finding different things in this whisky depending what I’ve had to eat or drink before it. The notes above are the elements I find consistently but other times I’ve tasted more passion fruit on the nose, stewed apple throughout the palate and finish and even the odd citrus note. Overall this is a very pleasant whisky to drink and with a very reasonable price point to boot. The Lobby on Hill Street is newly opened and I spied a bottle of this on the bar last week whilst attending their opening. Good rounded selection of spirits on the bar including a range of 14 Whisky’s.