That Boutique-y Whisky Company
When Christmas comes around we have always bought a Calendar for the kids and then my world changed !! Advent calendars suddenly appeared with whisky within them..
Then That Boutique-y Whisky Company launched theirs and the rest is history, this will be my third year with this calendar and I am as excited as ever Ill have you know. Held within this years calendar is some real gems ( ok I cheated and had a look ) but I wont be spoiling it for you !! each day leading up to Christmas I shall review each sample and publish my thoughts the day after.
That boutique-y Whisky Company is now approaching the 160 label mark and with just over 150 to date it wont take long, for those who don’t know each label is unique to a distillery, Blend, teaspooned, secret distillery and so on. Each label will only be repeated for that distillery, blend etc but will have a small difference within the picture, this label is in place to give clues to what might lay within the bottle but be aware it can cause rather interesting conversations as you will soon learn..
The Boutique-y company are an award winning independent bottler who’s intention is to bring quality, interesting and approachable whisky, whiskey, bourbon, blends, single malt, single grain and of course Rum and Gin with the sister companies..
The diversity within the range is astounding and as mentioned they are already surpassing the 150 label mark which when you sit back and think about it is a rather large coverage of what the world has to offer even though there are still plenty more new labels to come !!!!!
Bourbon Whiskey #1
Well day 1 on the calendar has thrown up a real gem !
This Bourbon has already had myself and Boutique-y Dave in disagreement over the origins and yes I know he should in theory know but I am not backing down no matter what evidence he throws at me.. its a matter of principles now..
This is one of the few liquids that the company either cannot name, have chosen not to name or simply they might not know.. But there are signs everywhere you just have to look for them…
Age.. 24 years
Casks.. Virgin American oak
This is a little different in maturation though as the initial 12 years only were spent in America with a final 12 years maturation taking place within Scotland.. Presumably within those same virgin oak casks..
Nose.. Elegant aromas steadily rise and with that comes a yearning to dive in.. Dried fruits and rich vanilla, toffee and coffee notes blend superbly with butterkist popcorn, corn on the cob drenched in butter, cherries and old leather..
Palate.. Oak leads into bold spices, that popcorn flavour the nose promised along with an earthy note coming from a Manuka honey style, barrel charring and lashings of vanilla icecream.
Finish.. This will still be going on Christmas day !!
Thoughts.. I am not the biggest fan of bourbon as I find some far too sweet but this.. This is on another level ! there is such an elegant and seductive feel to this and I am sure the 12 years maturing in the cooler climate has really helped this immensely, the slow down in maturing has softened this down and allowed the cask to impart the flavours perfectly although I do wonder if this was so intentional..
When you then dissect this and start to look at the numbers you realise just how big an investment this must have been for the company, there are well over 8000 bottles available and when you break that down we are probably looking close to half a million pound to three quarters of a million lay out.. This is some bold moving for a company that generally prides itself on the small batch, single cask style release and gives us an indication on just how good they think this liquid is !!
So what is it ?
Well this is a rather interesting conversation.. Some say Heaven Hill Some think Four Roses..
My initial thought was Four Roses and that’s only because the label kind of points to the number 4 on occasions, the bottle shape is an old four roses 10 year old style, 4 crop circles, 4 mole hills, Area 51 is 5-1=4 0k I am most probably wrong but the liquid is still superb…..