Lady of the Glen – latest releases

Lady of the Glen

It’s quite nice to come home from work to find a “Sorry, you were out…” card from Royal Mail, as it usually means making a trip to my local Post Office and returning home with some whisky. Either that or I end up walking along the road with an expensive bouquet of flowers sent up from London with an overly affectionate card from Graeme. Fortunately, last week’s weeks trip resulted in the former, rather than the latter.

Lady of the Glen has released another two bottlings and, going on past form, they should be a delight. First up is a 16yo Ben Nevis, followed by a 20yo ‘secret Speyside’ whose name cannot be revealed for legal reasons. Let the guessing begin…

Ben Nevis 16yo Single Cask
Lady of the Glen
273 bottles only
52% ABV
£55 here

Nose: A wasabi nose prickle, lemon juice and melted butter to begin, before becoming a bit musty and soggy – damp cardboard, wet leaves and old logs. Slightly sulphury. Not what I was hoping for in all honesty.

Palate: That’s a bit more like it! It’s much livelier, with vanilla, lemon peel, custard creams, cinder toffee, a gingery spice and fresh sawdust.

Finish: Fairly short, with the sweet, citric notes giving way to fresh woody notes.

Secret Speyside 20yo Single Cask
Lady of the Glen
262 bottles only
52.3% ABV
£60 here

Nose: Pine, fresh hay, a little bit of mint and some soft vanilla to start. Then there’s some baked apples, rhubarb crumble, pears and a hint of cinnamon.

Palate: Big and juicy with some wood spice – lots of stewed fruits, the apples and pears are back. Some peaches too, possibly with cream.

Finish: The wood spice lingers with a slight mentholic freshness.

Overall: The Ben Nevis really didn’t do it for me I’m afraid. It appears to have been in a fairly inactive cask but it’s far from undrinkable. The nose lets it down, but to be fair, there’s a good deal of vibrancy on the palate. The ‘secret’ Speysider really pushes my buttons though; plenty of fruity notes and it slips down rather too easily, even at cask strength. Given the choice between these two bottles, that extra fiver is definitely worth it. Another sterling effort from Lady of the Glen!



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