Edencroft has 4 New additions to it’s range this week with some American, Islay, Lowland and Speyside whiskies.
The brands include Ardbeg, Glen Moray and some Berry Brothers malts.
The ages of the new whiskies range from 10 to 23 Year Old malts.
|Evan Williams – 23 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
Country: American Region: American
Age: 23 Year Old Strength: 53.50%
Summary: The Evan Williams Single Barrel is produced to honour Evan Williams who is, widely known as Kentucky’s first distiller. Born a Welshman, settled in Virginia and in 1780 moved to what became Kentucky, he grew crops, and he soon learnt that converting his corn and other grains to whiskey made them easily transportable and prevented the excess grain from rotting. Williams set up his small distillery on the Ohio River at the foot of what is now Fifth Street in Louisville. According to an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal of 29 April 1889, “Williams was a member of the early Board of Trustees of Louisville, …he never attended a meeting without bringing a bottle of his whiskey, and that was always drank.” He was censured every time for doing so, but he never left with a full jug ! He died in October of 1810.
Delicate aroma, with hints of spice, vanilla and some malty dried fruits. Initially slightly sweet, moving on with a touch of spice, citrus and apple and an edge of grain. Well-balanced and tight with some punch and an edge of rye appearing. Delicate touches of cocoa, more spice and a little butterscotch sweetness. Crisp and peppery at the end with a distinctive rye touch.
|£ 145.00 BUY NOW
|24 Year Old Invergordon – Berry’s Own Selection
Country: Scotland Region: Lowland
Age: Strength: 46%
Summary: Invergordon distillery is located on the shores of the Cromarty firth in the north-east Highlands of Scotland. Founded in 1959, it is the only grain distillery in the Highlands and for a few years also had the Ben Wyvis malt distillery on the site but this closed in 1975.
The nose gives toasted oak, apple and melon skins with an uplifting menthol note. There is some honeyed depth and cinnamon spice. The palate is beautifully expansive with bourbon cask notes, buttery vanilla and cream caramel. The delivery is almost angelic and long lingering.
|£ 59.50 BUY NOW
|Ardbeg – 10 Year Old Single Malt
Country: Scotland Region: Islay
Age: 10 Year Old Strength: 46%
Summary: Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.
Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. It’s whisky with none of the goodness taken out!
Colour: Light gold.
Aroma: A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere – peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate.
Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. As you dip your nose in further, savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice.
Add water and breathe in the vortex of aromas rising from the glass. An oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny seaspray on chalky cliffs. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer in the background with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.
Taste: An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions on the tongue: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. This is followed by a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils.
Finish: The finish goes on and on – long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.
|£ 35.00 BUY NOW
|20 Year Old Glen Moray – Berry’s Own Selection
Country: Scotland Region: Speyside
Age: 20 Year Old Strength: 57.3%
Summary: Nose: a lovely intertwining of polished oaky floors and muscavado-polished barley;
Taste: deliveries on the palate rarely come more delicious than this: Glen Moray, when on form, is in the true malty elite of Scotland and here it tops the Premier League. The blend of sugars, some honeyed, spices and cocoa make you groan with pleasure;
Finish: the vanilla and butterscotch kick in as you suspect they might. But the barley remains steadfast and clean;
Balance: I have long regarded Berry’s whisky buyer Dougie McIvor one of the genuinely understated gems of the industry and the best whisky writer we never had. Here he demonstrates his understanding of clean, barley-rich malts which has made this year’s crop of Berry’s Own Selection arguably their best yet. When you taste this you can see why I exploded in rage at the deficiencies of the official ‘Distillery manager’ bottling a few years back…
|£ 71.50 BUY NOW