Prometheus 26 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky ~ 47% (Glasgow Distillery Co.)
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- 47% ABV
- Score: 90/100
What they say:
Prometheus was one of the most renowned Titans and is remembered today for his great gift to man: fire. When an angered Zeus took fire away from man, Prometheus rebelled against the ruler of the gods. He captured a flame from the heart of Mount Olympus and carried it back to man, hidden in a giant fennel stalk.
Today, the spirit of Prometheus lives on as champion of man and bringer of fire. Twenty-six years ago, one of the Olympians of Speyside created a new form of malt: a whisky that combined the peaty fire of the Islands with the rich, bright, complexity of the Highlands.
Like all great malts, time was needed for this new Titan to build character and maturity. But as the young whisky lay sleeping, hidden from expectant eyes, the heavens shifted. The whisky’s creator departed and a malt that was both sophisticated and powerful was seen by some to be a threat.
Protectors of the orphan Titan kept him solitary and hidden for a total of twenty-six years until, in the summer of 2014, they met in secret to arrange the release. Prometheus could walk free on two conditions: he could never reveal from whence he came and would be mortal, destined to live a short, but glorious life.
So we give you Prometheus. A legendary Speyside with the Titanic strength of barley malted by burning peat. A whisky of sublime sophistication and balance, bottled at the peak of its powers at twenty-six years old. A Single Malt Scotch Whisky of secret origins, available in the most limited quantity for just one moment in time.
A legendary Speyside with the Titanic strength of barley malted by burning peat. A whisky of sublime sophistication and balance, bottled at the peak of its powers at twenty-six years old.
Appearance: Rich amber with coppery hues.
Nose: A warm and welcoming bouquet with sweet notes of butterscotch, aromatic heather, orange zest and smoky charcoal.
Palate: Satisfyingly longlasting, creamy and peppery with aromas of roasted nuts, nutmeg and clove entwined with hints of Madagascan vanilla, dark chocolate, rich fruitcake, heather honey, candied fruits and smoke.
What I say:
The newly established Glasgow Distillery will be waiting a few years yet until they produce spirit and mature it the mandatory 3 years to call it whisky. In the meantime the company are sourcing casks for bottling and have picked this ‘legendary’ example; Prometheus. Around 1100 bottles are being produced with an expected RRP of ~ £430.
Refractive ruby gold/Old burgundy (14/20) , medium droplet tears with long/fine trails
Rich and fruity citric orange zest, ginger and orange marmalade, sweet honey, caramel and butterscotch fudge, heather blossom, vanilla frosting and cereal barley grist, herbal clove oil, honey and orange glazed smoked gammon.
Smooth and creamy initially with vanilla essence hints before a rapid zesty tingling and gentle spice develops, ginger and orange marmalade, a depth of mixed spiced, cinnamon, nutmeg, figs and molasses, toffee and butterscotch fudge, mince pies and Christmas pudding, sultana, cocoa-dusted roasted almonds, herbal clove and a little fennel and thyme before an earthy peat.
Long, dusty/earthy peat, orange oil and zest, gritty cocoa powder and herbal notes linger
Initially delicate and creamy, this turns into a veritable spiced chocolate orange – of which I have no complaints or problem. An intriguingly old Speysider, most likely Olosoro sherry matured as this has a depth of orange that evokes the feeling of Spanish sunshine. Beautifully balanced between the sherry character and healthy oak maturation this has plenty of earthy and herbal flavours indicative of its age.