In recent months I’ve tasted a couple of expressions from The English Whisky Company. One of ’em was an unpeated whisky bottled for The Whisky Exchange. The other was an independent one from a Sauternes cask for Blackadder’s Raw Cask-series. They apparently make all kinds of different whiskies in Norfolk (where the distillery is situated), because today I get to try a peated version.
The English Whisky Peated (55,2%, OB bottled for The Whisky Exchange)
Nose: Very clean peat with some coal smoke, a bit subdued. Some tree bark. Hints of lemon and orange, and just the slightest trace of juniper. Pretty straightforward and by simply nosing this I wouldn’t have guessed this to be cask strength. Taste: Straw and sugar barley, but then the smoke connects, with touches of bacon and black pepper in the background. Again, pretty simple this, but that’s not a bad thing in this case. Finish: Warming and peat-y. Ending on a sweeter note.
Really, there’s not much to say here other than that it’s simple, but good.