Welcome Whisky Lovers!
This month presents an exciting treat for whisky explorers of all experience levels. Today's tasting is...The Ten!
The Ten, created in 2010 by La Maison du Whisky, was conceived to serve as an initiatory range for Scottish whisky enthusiasts.
With this in mind, the whiskies are ranked according to character, from lightest (00) to strongest (09) enabling to discover the ten key Scottish styles, from grain whisky to the most peated of malts from the Isle of Islay, not to mention the different Lowland, Speyside and Highland varieties.
With that min mind, let's take a deep dive into this months malt whisky experience!
The Ten 2007 #0
Single Grain Whisky 40.10% 30ml
Distilled in 2007 and bottled 2015 at North British distillery in Edinburgh. This Single Grain Whisky presents the perfect introduction to light, sweet and masterful Scottish whiskies.
Tasting note: Very pale straw, almost water-like. Soft, floral scents of apple custard tart and cream tea biscuits followed by a mildly fruity, fresh pear and vanilla delivery and a pleasingly tangy, apple tart and spice finish. Delicious easy drinking. Natural colour. 40.1% Alc./Vol.
The Ten 2004 #1
Light Lowland Single Malt Whisky 40.10% 30ml
Distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2015 at the Lowland Distillery: Auchentoshan just out of Glasgow. This is a fine example of the trademark clean and crisp fare coming out of this delightful distillery.
Tasting note: Pretty bright gold. Quite lifted with enticing, semi-sweet stewed pear and straw bale aromas followed by a svelte textured, light to medium bodied delivery with flavours of sponge cake and cream; hints at semi-ripe strawberries on the finish rounding this off with appetizing freshness. Very tasty. Natural colour. 40.1% Alc./Vol.
The Ten 2007 #2
Light Speyside Single Malt Whisky 40.10% 30ml
Distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2015 at the Aultmore distillery. Aultmore is known for its single product: The Aultmore 12. This is a rare opportunity to taste the amazing single malt this distillery DOESN'T release to the public outside of blended malts.
Tasting note: Brilliant straw gold with restrained aromas including orchard fruit, straw, light vanilla and Marie biscuit, and a mid-weight, silky, fruity, lingering palate that ends medium fresh with delicate apple-tart/vanilla flavours in the aftertaste. Very typical Speyside. Lipsmacking young malt. 40.1% Alc./Vol.
The Ten 2008 #5
Medium Highland Sherry Cask, Single Malt Whisky
A sherry-casked whisky from Edradour - one of Scotland's smallest whisky distilleries, this malt introduces Sherry Cask style whiskies in the best way possible - an amazing single malt! The Sherry Cask provides the rich juicy flavours after maturing in ex-bourbon barrels for the bulk of it's life.
Tasting Notes: The house style of gun smoke is prominent on the nose, burns off to reveal, sultanas, banana bread, polish, vegetation and fruit cake. Quite pungent.
Medium Highland Peat Single Malt Whisky 40.10% 30ml
Distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 at the eastern highland distillery Ardmore, which produces some of the best examples of peated mainland whiskies in Scotland.
Tasting Notes: A complex and quite young whisky. Initially the smoky smell may overpower the senses but as it goes down try to find the hints of fruity and sweet barley.