Whisky Review – Lady of the Glen – Littlemill 21 year old

Lady of the Glen – Littlemill 21 year old.
53.6% ABV
Non-chill Filtered
Single ex-bourbon Cask
Limited to 320 bottles
£95.00 from LadyoftheGlen

Nose.

Very pungent lemon citrus. Sweet and sour at the same time. Some creamy vanilla custard notes. Light sawdust. With time in the glass the vanilla comes more forward and creamier, with some nutmeg, almost egg custard tart like with the lemon juice on the side. The next nosing I find more woody, with some older polish variation. A changing and enticing nose. A little more time and another nosing reveals more polished wood, and some spicy oakiness, pepper & cardamom, with a little more floral coming into the fray. Time to taste or I’ll be nosing all night. I’m getting some liquorice root and ginger now.

Palate.

Hot & sour. ABV nip gives way to chilli, peppers, ginger, then the creamy vanilla custard come through, more vanilla, here come the lemons, sweet though. With a smooth velvety coating mouthfeel.

Finish.

Short-medium, mellow considering the initial alcohol attack. Creamed lemons, boiled sweets, drying out light oak dust.

Adding water.

A few drops added. The nose becomes lighter, less intense, but fresh and crisp. Some honey and creamy toffee is now evident, along with more floral notes. The lemon pie and custard is still there but a illite less intense. The palate is now more tart initially, still bursting with loads of now lemon juices, some oranges, sweet apples, toffee, so very creamy, actually getting more and more luscious with each sip. The finish is now slightly effervescent, slightly longer I would say, with continuation on all the flavour themes.
With more water the toffee sweetness is up front, with the citrus relegated to the background.

Conclusion.

A varying, intriguing and complex nose leads to a monster of a palate, undiluted very flavoursome, a sweetie fan’s dram. With a little water this becomes a taste sensation. So much citrus, sweet and sour, juicy fruit bursting at the seams. Caramelised lemon tart with vanilla custard.

Great thanks to Gregor Hannah from Lady of the Glen for providing a sample.

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Whisky Review – The Wine Society Islay 25 year old single malt.

The Wine Society Islay 25 year old single malt.
46% ABV
Non-chill filtered (cloudy with water – no label declaration)
£33.00 from The Wine Society

Nose.

Light smoke. Iodine. Tiny amount of medicinal peat. The nose is inundated with large amounts of stewed fruit. Pears, melon, caramelised apple tart, sweet gooseberry jam, pineapple. The fruit is very thick and luscious. Minimal vanilla spices. Some oak, but considering its age it has lots of youthfulness in a very good way.

Palate.

Sweet, clean, fresh and Intensely fruity. All the stewed, jammy fruit nosing notes translate to the palate. The Islay smokey profile is more prominent on the tongue, with some crisp iodine and sea airy notes. The age is evident from the lack of ABV burn.

Finish.

Medium-long, warm, chest hugging. Sweet, fruity juicy continuation, some sea air, a little peat, after a while dryness comes forward with a little oakiness.

Adding water.

A small drop added, which has brought some cloudiness indicating non chill filtration, shame this isn’t mentioned on the bottle. More fruit is now present on the nose with some increased tropical fruits, almost um bongo in nature. The palate is now a little lighter in viscosity, but still retains an incredible amount of fruit and fruit juices. The peat influences on the palate are reduces a little but intensified on the finish, which now displays those medicinal peat, iodine, sea air notes. With a drying, crisp and moreish final finish, whilst being fruity all the way through.

Conclusion.

It’s bloody tasty. I wouldn’t say this exhibits it’s age well, but that’s not a bad thing, it’s retained youthfulness and is full of flavour. An immensely fruity dram. So very tasty and easy drinking. The Islay peat notes have diminished with age, so I wouldn’t described this as a peat monster, but a well aged peaty Whisky. There is so much fruit variation, juiciness and general drink ability I’m finding this quite hard to put down.
This is the first Whisky I have bought with my wine society membership, and I feel I have made the right choice in joining, and am looking forward to trying more as and when they are released.

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