Wednesday nights @TweetTastings went all experimental this week with host Steve from The Whisky Wire guiding us through nosing and sampling a new dram from The Borders Distillery – namely WS:02 “The Long & Short of It”!
If you want to catch up on what all the tweet tasters had to say you can view their comments by searching for the hashtag #TheBordersDistillery on X (Twitter)
So, what did I think?
Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – The Borders Distillery WS:02 “The Long & Short of It” (40%)
The Borders Distillery – Workshop Series
WS:02 The Long & Short of It
Blended Scotch Whisky
A blended Scotch whisky, which has been produced using liquid fermented for 55 hours and 150 hours.
Each release in the Worksshop Series represents a particular facet in the whisky making process – this year it focuses on Fermentaion, with the WS:02 The Long & Short of It, being the result of two initially liquids being fermented for 55 and 150 hours.
The longer fermentation influencing richer dark notes and the shorter influencing lighter and fruiter notes.
Each separately fermented batch has been distilled twice and matured in first fill ex-Bourbon barrels, before being married with single grain whisky produced at the Hawick based distillery.
The Workshop Series, is an ongoing series of experimental releases that will be released over the coming years, ahead of the launch of the The Borders Distillery single malt project.
This latest release follows on from the WS:01 Borders Malt & Rye, which launched last year, and was the first Scotch whisky blend from The Borders Distillery to be entirely distilled at its Hawick based site.
Nose: Some toffee apple right off the bat followed by new-make spirit popcorn and there’s also some lemon and citrus bite with a light dusting of herbs and ginger.
Palate: A light, thin mouthfeel with some popcorn and tropical fruits. Additionally, there’s subtle syrupy sweetness and shy pepper at the back.
Finish: The pepper increases muchly with time – almost becoming a bit of a pepper monster! The lemon certainly increases with time in the glass as well.
Overall: An interesting dram that has a new-make feel to it – sadly, there’s maybe a bit too much lemon for me.