We go on with private blind tastings, and this time we came across a surprising sample: as we discovered at the end of the tasting, we had one of the first releases by the Glasgow Distillery, a very young company located in Glasgow (unexpected, eh?), imported to Italy by Meregalli. This 2019 release was matured in ex-bourbon first fill barrels before a final step in virgin oak. Here’s our review, written without knowing what we had inside the glass – don’t forget it. The color is straw yellow.
N: memories of elementary school sweet snacks, together with the Yoga concentrated pear juice. Then the vanilla comes massively into the game, plus a hint of solvent, that signals a young distillate. Candied pineapple and elderberry syrup, with an indefinite floral sensation (jasmine maybe, maybe white flowers). Young, simple and tropical. Someone dares that it could be an Irish, but it lacks the typical delicacy. Over time you have less fruity notes to enter the magical world of creaminess.
P: change of scenery, you go to the pastry shop here. Balkan pastry shop, to be precise. Those sweets with acacia honey and rose water. Very sweet, again with pear notes. Here we have a light but clear spiciness, between cinnamon and white pepper. But let’s go back to the center of the palate, covered with a blanket of yellow fruit cream. Let’s say the classic fruit pastry. In the aftertaste the new-make comes, and the youth here is more evident than in the nose. Finally we have a vision: cubes of the Piedmontese mixed fried semolina. And now you can call the neuropsychiatrics.
F: …but before calling, let us tell about the final: medium-short, still on the spice with dried apricot.
This whisky is young but pleasant, well made and really enjoyable. Simple but not without surprises (a bunch of spices and the evolution from fruity to creamy from the nose to the palate). The finish remains in a more than discreet medietas too. It’s tasty because of the wood, but in an intelligent way: it never exceeds. After discovering that we are tasting a 3 yo -only!- whisky, we are even more impressed. 84/100. If we see a good day from the morning… We need to keep an eye on this distillery!
Recommended soundtrack: Oasis – Supersonic.