The Epicurean has some good, crisp and fresh Lowlands style aromas and flavours. It’s also got some boldness to it, being delivered at a higher ABV than one might expect of this type of whisky. However, there’s some brutally young whisky in here and the levels of rawness/feints are hard to miss, or to ignore. Nevertheless, there are some evocative, refreshing flavours here, and at around £35, you should not be overly afraid to try this in some longer drinks - I suspect it would sit quite nicely with ginger ale over lots of cubed ice.
Garden fresh, combining juicy pears with dried grasses and hay. Tart citrus and hints of ginger provide additional interesting aromas and are joined by some golden maltiness. Alas, there’s a very noticeable youth to this whisky…..charitably you’d describe this as copper coins/metallic, but in reality, this is pretty heavily dirtied with feints. A few drops of water improves things, emphasising vanilla, butteriness and light florals, as well as diminishing some of the rawness and metallic notes - but they never disappear fully and mar the otherwise enjoyable aromas.
A punchy arrival, but certainly with some bite (higher ABV sometimes a good thing, other times it just overemphasises rawness) that delivers some crisp and clear flavours – maltiness, tangy citrus and grapefruit and sweet honeydew melon. Then, some trademark Lowlands grassiness, butter and vanilla cream. Mid palate this is surprisingly spicy, with both ginger, but particularly pepper, which feels quite fiery when surrounded by flavours that you’d normally associate with a lighter style. Water reduces some of the aggressiveness, both of the alcohol and the spicing, as well as transposing the fruit selection more towards stone fruits.
Medium in length with crisp citrus, grassiness and a touch of rawness.