A sherry-cask matured blended malt whisky from North Star.
Distilled in 2013 and matured in sherry butts, this is bottled at 60%.
A whisky for flavour, not technicalities, if the Vega and Spica series have been anything to go by - this is going to be a cracker...
Review from WhiskyFun.com (it was in a bracket of 'Secret Islays', hence the hunt for Islay-ness):
"Nowhere does it say that there's any Islay whisky in there, but neither does it say there isn't any, so I just couldn't wait since some friends have been saying that this was 'rather a little big'. We shall see…
Nose: butterscotch, engine oil, toasted brioche, roasted peanuts, carbolineum, mocha, Barbour grease, baked raisins… With water: a spicy cake in liquid form. Spicy, not space-y, uh.
Mouth (neat): huge, on sultanas, butterscotch, marmalade and allspice. The tricky part is that you could quaff this easily, while the strength is pretty hefty. They should add a warning. With water: tight, tart and jammy, always with a lot of spices. This many spices could have been problematic but not at all, on the contrary.
Finish: long. Truckloads of dried figs popping out, plus sweet wine gravy.
Comments: no peaty Islayness here but at least we tried. Excellently modern and yet complex; as they say, this wee whisky would go well with more of this wee whisky."
North Star have quickly become one of The Oak Barrel's favourite independent bottlers. Exceptional cask selections at very reasonable prices, they are exciting, fun whiskies - even when they're very serious - which are designed to be drunk and shared.
- Blended Malt