The Single Cask – Bowmore 14yo

What a week! Here’s the forth and final instalment of my series on The Single Cask who not only run a bar in Singapore but have just opened another bar in Stamford, UK. All of their releases are available on their website www.thesinglecask.co.uk 
bowmore-14-year-old-2001-cask-31931-the-single-cask-whiskyBowmore 14yo (50%, The Single Cask, cask #31931, 2016)
Colour: Deep Gold.
Nose: Quite gentle at first and not a lot of peat.With water some fresh fruits, mango and cloudy cider comes through.
Mouth: Here we go. Much more peat on the mouth. Fizzing sweets and, yep, parma violets. Very malty and lemony.
Finish: More lemons, some ash, grape skins and a little coffee.
Comments: Not terribly complex but very enjoyable and very drinkable. This is super-modern and super-good.  86 points. SHARE
A contemporary crowd pleaser that pushes all the right buttons, this Bowmore 14yo from The Single Cask goes well with Hudson Mohawke.

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The Single Cask – Ben Nevis 19yo

The third installment of my series on The Single Cask is a 19yo Ben Nevis which turned out to unusual and fascinating. I haven’t had another whisky like it.
The Single Cask have a bar in Singapore and another that’s just opened in Stamford, UK. You can buy all of their bottlings on their website www.thesinglecask.co.uk

ben-nevis-19-year-old-1996-cask-871-the-single-cask-whiskyBen Nevis 19yo (45.1%, The Single Cask, cask #871, 2016)
Colour: White wine.
Nose: Wow, this is different. Elderflower, tinned peaches, walnuts, fresh cut apple, greengages and a bit of parsley and cardamom.
Mouth: Fresh, clean and green. Sour turning sweet, mouth coating. with fennel and almond. There’s a jenever quality to this which I find intriguing.
Finish: Rather long, complex herbs, chalky and drying.
Comments: . This is pure barley spirit. No funny cask business going on here. It’s an austere, dry and complex whisky which rewards your attention. It’s my kind of style. Very educational. 88 points.SAVOR
A challenging, rewarding and intellectual experience, this Ben Nevis 19yo from The Single Cask goes well with Blanck Mass.

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The Single Cask – English Whisky Co 7yo

Following hot on the heels of a Glen Grant 20yo is the second in my series on new independent bottlers The Single Cask who not only run a bar in Singapore but have just opened another bar in Stamford, UK. All of their releases are available on their website www.thesinglecask.co.uk

wp-1486666807317.jpgEnglish Whisky Co 7yo (60%, The Single Cask, cask #B/443, 2016)
Colour: Amber.
Nose: This is 60% but no nip on the nose, in fact it’s very approachable. This is peated for sure. Sweet, fruity and a bit of funk which lifts over time.
Mouth: Sweet peat, grapefruit, mandarin and a bit of kiwi. Mouth numbing.
Finish: Lingering vegetal peat, bitter almond and licorice.
Comments: I wondered whether this would have worked at a lower strenght but having experimented, it really can swim. It’s not very complex but it is really enjoyable to drink.  84 points. SHARE

Proving that whisky doesn’t have to be perfect or complicated to be worth your time, this English Whisky Co 7yo goes well with Japandroids.

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