I am delighted to announce that The Whisky Shop is broadening its foreign whisky selection. Here are three new additions – expect plenty more to follow.
Elijah Craig 12 Year Old 47%
Elijah Craig is a bourbon owned by the Heaven Hill distillery. Originally produced at Bardstown, Kentucky, this whisky is now made in Louisville after a fire gutted the old distillery. It’s significantly different to the original whiskey.
Nose: Light, feminine, dusty and floral, with hints of cinnamon, citrus and oak.
Palate: There are sharp and hot elements here, but once you’re past that their is very easy drinking bourbon. There is lots of citrus fruits, spearmint, aniseed and delicate vansill and candy stick in the background.
Finish: Medium and sweet.
Comment: A good introduction to bourbon but fans of big aggressive Kentucky whiskeys may find this too laid back and easy going.
Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 year old 45%
The extremes of temperature between summer and winter and the use of charred virgin oak make maturation in Kentucky much faster than Scotland or Ireland. Six years is considered old in the state, so 18 years is immense. Can bourbon still taste good after this long in a barrel? You betcha!
Nose: Irresistible mix od deep oak, rye spice, Brazil nut toffee, and liquid honey.
Palate: This is a magnificent whiskey, soft, full and balanced with spearmint, rye, oak and soft yellow fruits.
Finish: Long, spicy and oaky, and utterly delightful.
Comment: I’m watching rugby union while tasting this and it’s the whiskey equivalent of a bourbon Number 8 driving forward with a rye flanker on one side, and an oak flanker on the other. Pause, touch, engage!!
Mackmyra First Edition 46.1%
Mackmyra has been making whisky in Sweden for 10 years, and has grown in to an outstanding producer of whisky. Early bottlings under the Privus and Preludium banners could be difficult, peaty, salty and spicy, but the distillery is coming of age now, and this is a great introductu=ion to this unique malt.
Nose: Big and fruity, with lots of orange and some spice. It’s a savoury nose and beguiling.
Palate: Prepare for the unusual. This is not Scotch. But by Mackmyra’s standards it’s quite straightforward with blood orange, jelly fruit and some exotic fruits such as mango all offset by a trademark Mackmyra peat and pepper carpet.
Finish: Earthy but quite soft and pleasant.
Comment: Mackmyra grows on you. It’s been a regular at my world tasting events for some six years now and is not only immediately recognisable to my tasting club members, but is a firm favourite. It’s well worth trying.