Label 5 Gold Heritage
Blended scotch whisky
40% ABV, $40 for 75cl
What they say:
Crafted by Label 5 master blender Graham Coull, Label 5 Gold Heritage is blended from various whiskies, including malts that have been aged for more than 20 years.
Its flavour profile is described as smoky and peated with creamy vanilla notes from the grain whiskies used, as well as subtle woody hints and spicy notes.
“Label 5 Gold Heritage is a personal achievement for me,” commented Coull. “Building on the traditions of Lavel 5 I have hand-selected whiskies from different ages and casks which marry together to produce a wonderfully balanced blend. The result is an exceptionally smooth whisky loaded with fruit, spice, warm vanilla oak and subtle smoke, which offers a unique taste experience.”
Tasting notes from Whisky for Everyone
The colour is deep golden yellow and the nose has immediate aromas of dried fruits and malted cereals. The cereal gives a bittersweet edge that compliments the distinct raisin, sultana and candied orange peel notes. Underneath are further aromas of caramel, vanilla, honey and plenty of cinnamon.
On the palate the whisky has an initial sweet note that is most reminiscent of fudge or crumbly brown sugar. This evolves to include the juicy dried fruits from the nose – the raisins, sultanas and candied orange are all present, plus some dried apple. These characteristics are backed up by some vanilla and warming wood spices, especially cinnamon, plus an earthy ginger note. The bittersweet malty cereals are also present but the flavour seems more understated than the aroma. Further sweetness develops in the form of a golden syrup-like note.
The finish is of decent length and the bittersweet cereals, warming wood spice and ginger notes lasting longest. The sweet sugary and fruity elements linger but eventually fade to give the whisky a delicious drying conclusion.
What I say:
La Martiniquaise released this Gold Heritage edition in late 2014. Constructed by the Label 5 master blender Graham Coull using a variety of aged whiskies including up to 20 years old, however the final blend was released without age statement. This is very much a flavour-led product – aiming for a distinct smoothness.
Orange amber gold (11/20) medium-heavy tears
Orange oil and zest, fruity and citric, cereal barley malt and grits, delicate and floral orange blossom, musty aged oak wood, dunnage warehouse, grassy hay and more cereal wheat
Waxy with a rich and zesty orange and apple juice mix, develops into a creamy and buttery texture – like brandy butter with vanilla, delicate and subtle smoky peat and some dark malt sublime into beeswax candles, a light sherbet fizz (more oranges) and plenty of smooth toffee, butterscotch and caramel sauce.
Medium, toffee-d oak wood, clotted cream fudge and blossom honey
I was a little underwhelmed by this expression, or perhaps overwhelmed by the quality of the Label 5 Classic Black I had sampled before it. Yes this is super-smooth, has plenty of zesty fruit and a lovely waxy and buttery nature. For me I would have liked a little more complexity or increased intensity of some of the flavours – this suffers from being a little too smooth and unchallenging perhaps?