Having seen several people mentioning this dram found in their whisky advent calendars, I decided to pick up a bottle from Master of Malt for the princely sum of £34.95. That’s a fairly wild saving given the RRP was £59.95 and, at Christmas, with my looking for a New Year bottle, it proved to be the perfect purchase. It’s now back to full price, so unfortunately the savings ship has sailed.
So, who are That Boutique-y Whisky Company. In their own words:
That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler which offers stunning whiskies from world-renowned brands and distilleries. Each bottle has a fun and informative graphic-novel-style label containing humorous references, in-jokes and shocking puns.
Let’s have a closer look at the label!
In the words of Shakin’ Stevens: Lovely stuff. A lovely label. It’s all rather nice and the whiskey doesn’t disappoint.
With Batch #1 and Batch #2 having previously won several awards including Gold in 2017 and 2018 at The Irish Whiskey Masters, Batch #3 is in good company.
There were 1,726 bottles of Batch #3 released and, whilst the source distillery is undisclosed, it could possibly be either Bushmills or Cooley. This batch has an ABV of 46.8%, and is bottled in a 50cl size, however I am unsure regarding NCF or NCA.
Colour: A very light, pale gold, looks like a white wine, but without knowing if it is NCA or not, I suppose the colour is a moot point.
Nose: Very green and fruity, and hints of vanilla cropping up here and there. By green I mean a bit like spring: fresh, grassy, almost dewy. It isn’t forceful or in your face, but emits a subtle freshness that suggests you could put a weighty dent in a 50cl bottle over the course of an hour/morning/evening/night. Lots of fruit too, including apples, melons, pears, and green grapes. 8.5/10
Palate: Melon and pears are at the forefront, but partnered now with a smattering of shortbread and a slight butteriness, both in the taste and mouth feel. Rich and sweet brown sugar too, similar to the first mouthfuls of a crème brûlée. 8.5/10
Finish: Only time I pick up a hint of oak is at the end and the vanilla certainly makes an appearance again. It’s a medium finish with the sweetness slowly dissolving away. Very pleasant. 7/10
A great dram. I’m often unsure about Irish whiskies and maybe I haven’t tried enough of them, but I find they can often be too similar and samey. However, there’s a depth to this whiskey, both of aroma and taste, that I haven’t really encountered before. A great dram.