I doubt many of you have heard of Black Mountain. Neither did I. It’s a French company that’s planning to build a distillery in the south-west of France in the foreseeable future. In the mean time they’ve released two different blended whiskies: BM N°1 and BM N°2.
Today I try their first release. A blend of Scottish malt and grain whiskies, with the youngest according to their website being nine years of age. For the last six months this blend received a finish in ex-wine spirit barrels (Cognac? Armagnac?).
Black Mountain Whisky Selection N°1 (42%, OB, 2015)
Nose: A bit prickly, but behind it is a grassy and light aroma with green apples and hints of butterscotch and sweet vanilla in the background. Taste: Nicely balanced. Ripe banana, juicy grapes and sweet sugary malt influences. Silky and velvety mouthfeel, with only a pinch of black pepper. Finish: A good length with notes of grape juice and honey.
Certainly a good start for the company. If their future distillery produces anything close to this quality, than they have something good to build on.