Angels’ Nectar: apparently it exists!

Angels' Nectar Blended Malt Label

A lot of people will be familiar with the Angels’ Share after the release of that film. For those who haven’t seen it (you really, really must), or are unfamiliar with the term, it’s the affectionate and rather romantic description given to whisky which evapourates from the cask and escapes into the atmosphere during maturation. To be honest, I’m surprised it’s taken someone this long to take advantage of this quirk of whisky production, but Robert Ransom of Highfern Ltd has recently released a whisky which pays homage to precisely this phenomenon.

The Angels’ Nectar is a blended malt containing Highland and Speyside single malt whiskies and is, and I quote from the press release, “a re-creation of the Angels’ Share”. A ‘re-creation’? Really? What did the original bottling of the Angels’ Share taste like?

You’ve gotta love those folks in marketing…

Angels’ Nectar (First Edition)
Blended Malt
40% ABV
£30.95 from here

Nose: Young and green – barley water, apple skins, vanilla, lemon peel, cereal notes and a bit spirity.

Palate: Vanilla, light honey, green wood, apple chews and bitter lemon. A rather chalky mouthfeel.

Finish: Short with some vanilla but a bit metallic.

Overall: The packaging is pretty cool and it’s an inoffensive whisky, but with being so inoffensive it doesn’t actually offer too much. It’s clearly quite young, and lacks complexity and real depth, but it’s a decent session whisky nonetheless. It’d maybe work for me served with ginger beer and ice on a warm summer afternoon, but I’d need to get some change from £25 before I’d consider buying a bottle.



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