That Boutique-y Whisky Company Tweet Tasting

It’s been a week today in which I participated in That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s tweet tasting (@BoutiqueyWhisky) on Wednesday 15th March hosted by Steve Rush (@TheWhiskyWire). As soon as I saw a collaboration between the two I applied instantly as I knew it would be one of those nights not to miss. If you’ve not seen or heard of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, they independently bottle limited edition bottles from Single Malt, Bourbons & Single Grain distilleries including Blends. They come with a bottle number being limited, natural colour, non-chill filtered and transparency of age which came into place since 2016, not to mention the creative labels with colourful novel style illustrations and some featuring historic snapshots from the individual distilleries. 


Getting back to the evenings tweet tasting I opened the pack which contained 5 drams all being new releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Co and bottled by DrinksByTheDram. The whiskies which were tasted are below in the order in which the tweet tasting followed. So the evening began with the Loch Lomond 19yr which lead to the second dram of the night Secret Distillery #2 15yr. The Third dram of the tasting was the Mortlach 18yr then the fourth is the Glenrothes 25yr and the final and fifth dram was the Irish Single Malt #1 24Yr. So without further or do let me dive into the tasting notes for these dram.

Loch Lomond 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Information:
AGE: 
19 yrs
ABV:
49.7%
STYLE:
Single Grain Scotch Whisky

DISTILLERY:
Loch Lomond Distillery
REGION/ORIGIN:
Highlands, Scotland
PRICE: £54.95
BATCH SIZE:
267 Bottles
COLOURING:
None

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Colour: Straw Gold
Nose: Rich vanilla icing with coconut shavings, baked apples along with a citrus zing coating in honey, coffee beans, pencil shavings. Started off more fruiter and sweeter and developed over time.
Palate: Texture on the palate is light, it takes some time for the creamy character to develop but when it does so does the vanilla cream with a honey base comes along with it, a rich tiramisu, then I pick up on a salted red apples, lemon peel, white pepper spice accompanied by a gingery warmth.
Finish: Pines ferns, buttery vanilla, dried spiced oak but not so intense.
Comments: The creamy character of this single grain whisky really offers a rich buttery character which is really delicious fruity soft spice that leaves you wanting more and more.

Secret Distillery #2 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Information:
AGE: 
15 yrs
ABV: 51%
STYLE:
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
DISTILLERY:
Unnamed Distillery
REGION/ORIGIN:
Highlands, Scotland
PRICE:
£107.95
BATCH SIZE: 124 Bottles
COLOURING:
None

TBWC Batch1 15yr

Colour: Copper with Pink Hues
Nose: Reminds me of a Shiraz wine, blood orange inside dark chocolate, mixed berries simmering in their own juices, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, apple and cherry strudel.
Palate: Immediate thoughts on the palate is Ceylon tea which dries the palate slightly, tannins, ripe red currants and cranberry juice. I also find cherries also a sweet black forest gateau with its distinctive wine finish and polished oak.
Finish: Plum skins, raspberry drops with the middle of the palate drying due to the rich oakiness.
Comments: This dram is really interesting with its unique red wine cask finish and also being from a unnamed distillery leaves the question where could it be from. For me I have a feeling its from Glenmorangie as they like to experiment with many types of wine casks in the expressions from their distillery. But getting back to this whisky I really enjoyed its berry filled character and I can see myself picking up one of these bottles, I’m looking forward to what delight dram three has in store.
 

Mortlach 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Information:
AGE: 
18 yrs
ABV:
48.9%
STYLE:
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
DISTILLERY: 
Mortlach Distillery
REGION/ORIGIN: Speyside, Scotland
PRICE:
£93.95
BATCH SIZE: 
363 Bottles
COLOURING: None

TBWC Mortlach18

Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: Malted notes, freshly polished oak, spiced apple, lime peel, a slight spice in a dash of cloves and nutmeg.
Palate: On the palate I’m getting the classic Mortlach style with a meatier chewy texture, a slight salted feel more like salted meat, nutmeg and smoked caramel along with a sprinkle of cinnamon on the end.
Finish: On the finish there is a slight sour character, mocha coffee, spiced oak, rum soaked raisins and prunes, the finish on this whisky really resides in the edges of the palate near the jaw line near the back of the molars, still chewy wow.
Comments: To quickly summarise this Mortlach I find that you need to leave it for a little time to really explore the great flavour profile it has to offer, in the tweet tasting I got a few flavours but all the notes above are after revisiting it and leaving it for 30mins. This is one dram I would recommend to let it open out and allow the flavours to make themselves known.

Glenrothes 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Information:
AGE: 
25 yrs
ABV: 49.7% 
STYLE:
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
DISTILLERY: 
Glenrothes Distillery
REGION/ORIGIN:
Speyside, Scotland
PRICE:
£119.95
BATCH SIZE: 
139 Bottles
COLOURING:
None

TBWC Glenrothes25

Colour: Amber
Nose: This Glenrothes straight away off the nose has a lot going on, lets begin with the introduction to the floral notes, I’m also picking up a fruity character of baked apples and pears, candied pineapple stripes, vanilla fudge & also clotted cream comes to mind. The nose is so very rounded and creamy, cubed mangos in syrup from a tin offering added sweetness.
Palate: The texture on the palate is a medium full consistency. First thing on the palate is a gingery warmth followed by a creamy stewed peaches and apricots with a couple spices adding a little more character.
Finish: The finish for this is long and I get white pepper along with a slight spiced oaky presence that does become more woody but with a very pleasant juicy aftertaste.
Comments: My conclusion on this Glenrothes is that is offers a lot of complexity from the start on the nose and then on the palate with its fruity character. The notes I really enjoyed the most was the floral note and the stone fruits which easily palatable. The age can easily be notable as you get the presence from the cask with its rich oaky finish and as for the price point being just above one hundred pounds I think this is great value for money being a 25yr whisky with its flavour profile.

Irish Single Malt #1 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Information:
AGE: 
24 yrs
ABV: 46.8%
STYLE:
Irish Single Malt Whiskey
DISTILLERY:
Unnamed Distillery
REGION/ORIGIN:
Ireland
PRICE:
£124.95
BATCH SIZE: 
264 Bottles
COLOURING:
None

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Colour: Yellow Gold
Nose: Nectarine juice and more of the inner segments, red chief apples juicy and mouth filling, brown sugar offering its sweetness. very complex an candied grapefruit peel, also of enjoyable citrus notes on this nosing.
Palate: On the palate the citrus character changes as it becomes a mild citrus as its not so heavy but filled with tangerines and clementine’s all dancing all over the palate.  a bitter note comes to mind in lime juice and creamy and the texture thickens more.
Finish: On the finish this is where this whiskies creamy character really plays its strengths, notes of creamy Greek yoghurt with a spoon full of marmalade dropped right into the centre of it all. Yum!
Comments: First thing that I wrote down after tasting this dram and savouring it is, this is by far the best Irish whiskey I’ve tasted especially in light of St. Patricks day where I drank Middleton and this topped that. Also the way in which the citrus character played out so well and wasn’t intense made it that much enjoyable. To give my overall opinion on this dram I think if your a fan of your Irish whiskies then this is definitely one to buy and have as I’m sure you wont regret the decision.


To conclude the evening, it was a fantastic tweet tasting and I want to start off by thanking Steve Rush and That Boutique-y Whisky Company for host such and fantastic evening with some spectacular drams. As for the question in which dram did I favour the most I’m going to have to go with the last one the ‘Irish Single Malt Batch #1 24 Year Old’ It was something which really stood out the most for me on the night and even after a retry of the dram and giving them time it’s just head and shoulder above the rest. If you were part of the tweet tasting or even tried any of these let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and as always Slainte.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds like a helluva cool event! And those drams… ahhh! I’d be especially curious to try that ooold Irish whiskey. On a side note, I’m still new to online tastings, but I quite like the idea of ’em. Yesterday, I attended my first live stream whisky event, namely Douglas Laing’s “A Remarkable Regional Mix Up!”. It was super-good fun. I also posted about it on my blog. 🙂

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    1. whiskywise says:

      Oh wow I’ve never been part of a Douglas Laing tasting but if you want to take place in any of TheWhiskyWire ones then just drop him a follow as I’ve left both twitter handles in the blog

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