A young, spirit-y blended malt from Campbeltown that showcases the beautiful textural oiliness of the region.
This was bottled from two ex-bourbon hogsheads, presumably each from different distilleries in the region (there are only three, Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia). There are 726 bottles in the run and while not the most complete whisky North Star have ever released, the youthful freshness make this a delicious drop and a fascinating insight for Campbeltown nerd.
Tasting notes from Angus at WhiskyFun.com:
Nose: There is youth but itâ€™s not â€˜uncouthâ€™ (oh please!). Lots of crab sticks, preserved lemons, beach foam, hot grist, salt n vinegar crisps and some pretty lively medicinal notes in the background. Green peppercorns in brine and a little earthy peat. With water: saline, greasy, oily, fat and glistening with notes of raw shellfish, paint and hot mashtuns.
Palate: The youth doesnâ€™t bite too sharply. There is a glimmer of something slightly greasy and yeasty but itâ€™s pretty well wrapped up in more salty, fish n chip notes, fishing nets, light tarriness, diesel fumes and farmyard notes. Some silage and damp hay. Thereâ€™s also some notes of black olives which I quite like. With water: pear eau de vie with honeyed porridge, coal dust and taramasalata. A wee dusting of hot smoked paprika as well.
Finish: Pretty long and hot. Lots of aspirin, burned leaves, smoky grist, charred lemon chunks on a BBQ and some peppered mackerel.
Comments: Itâ€™s pretty good for 4 year old whisky and whatâ€™s charming about it is that it possesses a clear â€˜Campbeltownâ€™ style, which I think such bottlings should do. The ideal whisky for doing your accounts, or processing a divorce, or when youâ€™re marooned at sea etc...Â
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Lemon citrus and cut grass. Oddfellows aromatic sweets.
Palate: Ginger bread and a leafy Clementine.
Finish: Super summer fruit
North Star is a Glasgow-based independent bottler run by Iain Croucher, and this comes from their fifth series of releases. All their whiskies are natural colour and un-chill filtered.
- Blended Malt