A single cask whisky from an undisclosed Speyside distillery, bottled by North Star.
This was matured in a single refill sherry butt, with 600 bottles in the release.
The Millenial series from North Star showcases excellent whiskies from the various Scottish regions, bottled at 50% and often single cask. They provide exceptional value for plenty of flavour.
North Star is a Glasgow-based independent bottler run by Iain Croucher, who has quickly set himself up as one of the most exciting young bottlers from Scotland. All their whiskies are natural colour and un-chill filtered.
Tasting notes by Angus MacRaid of Whisky Fun:
This one hails from a distillery which practiced partial triple distillation between 1974 and 2007 [OB staff - that's Benrinnes, by the way.].
Nose: Oh very nice! Golden syrup, honeys, brioche, heather, warm banana bread, lightly toasted walnuts, sunflower seeds. A halfway house between a fuller, sweeter sherry style and a more earthy, distillate-driven profile. Some rather leafy and leathery notes emerge over time, hints of sultana and prune. With water: nice hints of plum eau de vie, gingerbread, a touch of melon and a few other stewed fruits for good measure.
Mouth: Fruity muesli, black tea, fruit scone mix, greenhouse flowers, baked apples, a hint of spiced custard and some sweeter old dessert wines. Also some hummus made with butterbeans (I know, it’s all getting a little bit ‘Marks & Spencer’). With water: more sweet syrups, flapjack, runny honey, a touch of camphor and some wood polish.
Finish: Longish, slightly earthy and with this very slight hint of rubber, like bicycle inner tube. Not ‘dirty’, rather a sort of natural spirit sulphur influence perhaps.
Comments: I like and I suspect there’ll be plenty to enjoy in here for fans of simple, easygoing, lightly sherried malts. Only lost one point in the finish I’d say.
- Single Cask