Back to the Borders New Make Spirit (63.5%, OB, 2018)
- ABV: 63.5%
- Age: 0
- Bottling: OB
- Category: New Make Spirit
- Cost: £n/a
- Origin: The Borders distillery
- Vintage: 2018
What they say
The Borders distillery New Make Spirit, celebrating the return of whisky distilling to the Scottish Borders.
What I say
Sampled during a recent tweet tasting with The Borders Distillery. This New Make Spirit is flowing of the stills at The Borders Distillery to be cask matured for a minimum of 3 years before it can officially be called single malt scotch whisky, until then here is a review of their raw new make spirit.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Gin clear (0/20)
- Nose: Very sweet and also milky (lactic) creme fraiche, a little solventy spirit, then lots of cereals, malted milk biscuits, some fresh apples too, with water more berry jam and grassy hay.
- Taste: Quite full-bodied, cereal barley and malt, a little like creamy rice pudding, then a burst of fruit a hint metallic and a touch sour/citric, spirit burn or is it a little spice, with water, more like warm creamed rice pudding with a dollop of mixed fruit jam stirred in.
- Finish: Drying at full strength, short and creamy reduced
A great base spirit for maturing. Fruity and very cereal/malt heavy – I look forward to trying some more matured variants of this in a few years time!
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