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The English Whisky Company’s standard 3 year old offering, matured in ex-bourbon casks. I picked this up at a tour of the distillery, which was excellent and we got to sample a number of the expressions, including the peated versions which I would also recommend. Since then they have brought out a 5 year old version, which I’m looking forward to trying at some point.
Nose - Light and fragrant, lots of cereals, malt, grass, fresh hay – farmyard flavours, a hint of elderflower and yeast. Sweet, lots of creamy vanilla, citrus, lemon meringue pie, banana and ginger, with water a hint of fresh pears and polished oak, and a slight white wine vinegar note.
Taste - Sweet and very malty with lots of cereal flavours again, wheat, barley sugars, honey and digestive biscuits. Lots of lemon bon-bons, lemon rind, banana, ginger spice and roasted nuts in the background. Light but creamy.
Finish - Warm nutty and biscuity flavours and some green oak in a short finish.
Lots of flavour and character for such a young whisky, water tones down any sharp alcohol bite. The citrus and banana notes are delightful, it is very sweet and full on arrival, although it disappears almost completely for the finish. Still an excellent whisky.