Review: Malts of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Batch 1

that boutique y whisky company 300x239 Review: Malts of That Boutique y Whisky Company, Batch 1That Boutique-y Whisky Company isn’t something I made up. That’s really what it’s called.

This oddball label (again, I mean that literally, as the labels have comic book-style drawings on them) is being used for a new line of independent bottlings of single malt Scotch whiskys. Like most single malts, these whiskys are a blend of casks of different ages from the same distillery. They are bottled without age statements, and the drinker should expect significant variability from distillery to distillery and from batch to batch. These are all limited releases — a few hundred bottles each — that will simply not be repeatable in the same formulation once they are sold out. If something below sounds interesting, best to snap it up now. (By and large, they are bargains.)

We sampled four of the Boutique-y malts — there are dozens — from this first batch of releases. Thoughts follow. (Note that these are 500ml bottles, 2/3 the size of normal ones.)

Master of Malt That Boutique-y Whisky Company Aberlour Batch 1 – Deep sherry notes dominate this Speyside malt’s nose, and a beautiful combination of orange oil and graham cracker character fills the palate. Chewy body, but still lively. The long, tart finish suggests that the sherry might be a little overdone. 109.2 proof. B+ / $69 (500ml)

Master of Malt That Boutique-y Whisky Company Aultmore Batch 1 – A weird Speyside whisky. Kind of a wet cardboard meets Golden Grahams cereal character. There’s ample wood, raw grain, and tannin on the body, all in a tough combination — as if both very young and overly old malts were put together to make this whisky. Either way, it’s a bit messy. 106.8 proof. C+ / $55 (500ml)

Master of Malt That Boutique-y Whisky Company BenRiach Batch 1 – Smoke on the water. A little peat goes a long way in this Speyside whisky, balancing nougat, biscuit, and light fruit notes, predominantly cherry. Curious balance, but easily drinkable. The finish recalls barbecue smoke with mesquite thrown on the fire. 96.4 proof. B / $79 (500ml)

Master of Malt That Boutique-y Whisky Company Benrinnes Batch 1 – One last Speyside whisky from this batch, and proof that a malt from somewhere in this region can be night and day vs. one made down the street. Heavy wood and dried herbs on the nose, with dense cake-like notes. There’s so much going on here, burning pine needles, fresh barley mash, and soda bread hot from the oven. Again, it’s a melange of complexity that bites off a bit more than, well, than I can chew. 97.8 proof. B / $69 (500ml)

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