Whisky Review – Secret Distillery Number One batch 1 – That Whisky Boutique-y Company

Secret Distillery Number One batch 1 – That Whisky Boutique-y Company
55.4% ABV
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
Available for £41.95 at MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Big and punchy. Sherry definitely. Some tobacco smoke. Chocolate. Coffee grinds. Christmas spices. Raisins. Christmas cake. Orange peel. Slightly waxy. Sherry monster of a nose with some good complexity.

Palate.

Viscous mouthfeel, very oily. Rich bold sherry flavours. Reflective of the nose. Very sweet and syrupy. Surprisingly easy on the palate at bottled strength. Lots of Christmas cake goodness. Spiced oranges. So very rich. It’s lush. A little coffee and chocolate notes playing in the background. Very chewy dram

Finish.

Oranges. Sherry. Sweet. Some Xmas spice. Coffee mocha. Drying out into oak spices. But the fruity raisin aftermath is still there after quite some time.

Adding water.

Small drop added. More age appears in the form of polished wood on the nose. A little powdered sugar. The palate feels sweeter, more sugary but still bursting with all the spiced Christmas fruit previously experienced. The finish has more coffee notes and is a little drier.
Adding another drop. The mouthfeel has diminished a little more. It’s less chewy now. But there is a little more depth to the fruit in the palate. Coffee is more prominent in the palate as well.

Conclusion.

This is a cracking dram. It’s got nice complexities, is a proper sherry monster and just tastes beautiful. Another dram that marks all my boxes with a big fat rum soaked raisin.

Much appreciation goes to Master of Malt for providing me with the sample. Thank you. 🙂

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Whisky Review – Aberlour Batch 2 – That Whisky Boutique-y Company

Aberlour Batch 2 – That Whisky Boutique-y Company
52.1% ABV
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
Available for £50.95 at MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Thick syrupy sherried malt. Molasses. Alcohol infused sultanas and plums. Quite pungent, with some alcohol burn. Burnt caramel. Toffee. A little apple. With time in the glass, a juicier set of plums are more evident. More time in the glass and things smooth out, it becomes much easier to nose and gives further Christmas spices. With some chocolate orange coming through to the front.

Palate.

Heavy sherry, thick spiced toffee plum tart with sugar syrup. Lovely rich coating mouthfeel. Chilli, cinnamon and pepper. After the ABV burn subsides, things level out with caramel, more toffee, brown sugar, chocolate and a tiny little orange peel.

Finish.

Long sweet finish. Sweet fruit jam remains, some candied corn, drying out with a little oaky spice.

Adding water.

With a splash of water I get even more fruit on the nose, spices more intertwined, and perhaps a touch of floral. The diluted palate allows for those fruity flavours to be savoured even more, this dram really benefits with a splash of water, the fruits are more sumptuous and spices more baked into those fruits. The finish is still sweet and warming.

Conclusion.

A warming, fruity, spicy, Christmas dram. Being a bit of a sherry head, this one knocks all my nails.

Much appreciation goes to Master of Malt for providing me with the sample. Thank you. 🙂

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