ABV: 43 %
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a soft layer of honey and vanilla sitting on top of a young and quite lively distillate. It’s perfumey with both floral and fruity notes. Green apples, lemon and just a touch of sour grapes comes through within the center and there’s a small toffee note as well. Time in the glass is of the essence and makes it less spirity and more approachable with a nice desserty feel to it. This is a good nose but it feels a bit young and sharp.
Mouth: It starts out with custard up front and a bitter note in the back. It takes a while before the other notes pushes through but when they do it becomes very sour in the back with a mild toffee note up front. The fruit notes are the same but with a higher emphasis on lemon and lemon zest. It’s still sharp and spirit driven and it lacks the desserty overall feel the nose promises.
Finish: It starts of with a modest vanilla and toffee note in one layer and lemon zest, green apples and oak in a layer underneath. It doesn’t take long before most of the flavours fall apart which leaves a nice oakiness behind. It’s a fresh woodshop oakiness which still manages to keep itself at a nice level so it never becomes protruding. There’s a slightly dry nuttiness within as well. The late finish reveals a metallic note in the back. This is a decent whisky and there are some glimpses of great flavour combinations. Too bad it feels a bit young and sharp.
The English Original was released in 2016 as a core range whisky. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and it’s unchillfiltered.