Top tasting tip from Boa was to “blow on your dram”, removing surface ethanol away from the nose. It was the first time I heard this. Very effective. Today. a good reminder.
N: Nutty/husky, young barley spirit with notes of butterscotch and vanilla fudge.
T: Salty, hot, dry and spicy with ground pepper and butterscotch.
F: More heat, but not phased by water thankfully.
C: ‘Hot but tasty’, this is the first time I’ve nailed the whisky type, distillery, age and strength in a blind tasting, only because this was so similar to another young Strathclyde from Douglas Laing [WLP90] I’d recently discovered. Provisionally scores 83 points.
I almost never buy young grains, but Strathclyde [in sherry casks] is a sure-fire exception. I’m not sure in hindsight this is even [that] sherried, but the whirlwind romance of visiting the Chivas-owned Strathisla distillery and the joy of guessing the whisky found me taking a bottle home. My subsequent bottle polishing review [albeit with a grammatical tidy-up] read:
N: Not too raw but pokey & evidently column still-distilled resinous coconut-y buttery/oily vanilla-ed spirit, one with promising developing qualities and a good clean pong.
T: Reminds me somewhat of Cooley’s Greenore 8yo, albeit with much more body. It travels with ease and with a malty, vanilla, coconut-y buttery chew, but water management is key.
F: Some bitter-sour accompanies the malty vanilla.
C: This is a straight-ahead young grain showing solid form, though I can’t say I enjoyed it as a sipper all that much. Ideal for a highball I reckon.