Lady of the Glen

Lady of the Glen

An independent bottler. From Fife. Specialising in single casks. You would certainly be forgiven for thinking I’m talking about these guys, but in fact, I’m talking about a company you may not have heard of yet; Lady of the Glen. This new kid on the block’s aim is to buy premium casks from closed distilleries or from distilleries which only produce a limited number of a particular type of cask. This is a challenging business model indeed, but I applaud them for it, for if we were without people who spend time (and substantial amounts of money) obtaining unique and rare casks, I for one probably wouldn’t have tasted whisky from a good twenty-odd different distilleries. Lady of the Glen have released their first two whiskies which, for the time being, are available exclusively to the UK market; a 14yo single malt from Benrinnes and a 24yo single grain from Invergordon.

Benrinnes 14yo Single Cask
Lady of the Glen
Ex-sherry butt
86 bottles only
57.8% ABV
£65.22 (incl P&P) here

Nose: The nose is generally very sweet and fruity but kept in check by some sulphur lurking about. Once you get past the struck matches there are toffee apples, marzipan, cinnamon pastries, rum soaked raisins, stewed fruits and a touch of polished wood to be found.

Palate: The first thing to hit me is again the sulphury bite – this dram has balls! Quite spicy with cinnamon and white pepper then a meaty note before a rich sweetness kicks in. Dark chocolate, plums, dates and some oakiness.

Overall: Approach with caution! If you’re in Jim Murray’s corner on sulphur then this probably isn’t for you, but if you’re in Bill Lumsden’s corner then it’s certainly worth it. It gives you plenty of bang for your buck and at a hearty 57.8% it really warms the cockles!

Invergordon 24yo Single Cask
Lady of the Glen
Ex-bourbon barrel
167 bottles only
56% ABV
£62.15 (incl. P&P) here

Nose: Vanilla pods, lemon drizzle cake, Battenburg cake and icing sugar make me feel like I’m in an old fashioned sweetie shop. Then the fruitiness appears with fruit salad sweets, peaches and pears. There’s a hint of spice underneath with cloves and malt loaf just about making it to my nose.

Palate: The nose has lied to me! Initially quite rich and warming with dry oak, fruit trifle and root ginger coating my palate. Then it sweetens up again with lemon zest, over-caramelised crème brûlée and a sweet nuttiness – maybe chocolate covered brazil nuts.

Overall: Very easy drinking and much livelier and fresher than the age statement might suggest. This is one for cracking open with a few close friends over the festive period and having a right good session with. And at £60(ish) a bottle this Christmas treat won’t break the bank.

So there we have it folks, the first two ladies to be released from Scotland’s newest independent bottler. I have to admit that Miss Benrinnes isn’t really for me but those who enjoy sherry monsters will love getting their teeth stuck into this one. Miss Invergordon tasted much younger than anticipated and I was therefore expecting a bit more. Perhaps more of a Stifler’s mum cougar-type. Having said that, as first attempts at bottling single casks go, this was a fairly solid start and I look forward with much interest into where Lady of the Glen go from here. As a massive fan of the beauty of single cask whisky, I sincerely wish them well in their venture and hope to be tasting and reviewing more ladies soon…

Tiger

 

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