Let’s face it, live-blogging at a whisky show is a bad idea… it’s never going to be quite spotted on, but here’s a few of my picks from the first hour of this year’s Oak Barrel Whisky Fair..
Clean pink lady apples on the nose with a brush of hay straw and vanilla pods, it’s got that teenage dream vibe to it and it’s very attractive.
Rather citrusy on the palate with lime zest and a beautifully alluring lingering crisp beer maltiness coming through.
Finishing off with the remnant of fresh juicy fruits that make for a lovely summertime dram.
It starts off with a rather refreshing organic milky note with a peppery edge coming on moments later; a powdery delivery with some heather coming through amidst the seaweed driven maritime note.
Crushed orchard fruits seasoned with white sugar, the peat is clean and well controlled; rather complex in a minimalistic manner with hint of lavender coming out.
The sweet peat compliments the floral nature really well.
Heavy cream on the nose with the signature thickness from the barley well and truly in place, dressed marvellously with vanilla icing, a no-nonsense Ben Nevis through and through.
The buttery custard note on the palate smoothly transitions to crisp apples with stone fruits coming through as well, before ample of spices arriving.
That youthful exuberant ovaltine barley note that continues long into the finish is simply rather delicious.
Over and out.