Islands region – 43%ABV – $84
Being that the Jewish New Year began last night (L’Shanah Tovah to all of my Jewish readers — health and happiness to all of my readers), I figured I’d begin a new limited series focusing on kosher certified whiskies.
Loch Chaim whiskies are Single Malt, Single Cask whiskies (not cask strength, all taken down to 43% ABV) specifically bottled for kosher keeping Jews (but happen to be completely delicious for anyone who loves good whisky).
Being single cask, you can imagine that the availability of these whiskies is limited. You can find this line throughout New York, New Jersey and in pockets of Washington DC & Los Angeles. You know, the Little Israels of the US. 🙂
All of these single cask expressions are matured in ex-bourbon (or, at least non-wine influenced) barrels.
I’ve got five different Loch Chaim whiskies and I thought it’d be good to start with the 13 year old Isle of Arran:
On the nose – Big bourbon fresh nose!
Salted green tomatoes.
Browning lemons (perhaps the largest component here) and pear notes.
Light and inviting.
Not the most complex nose but…nice.
Something slightly earthy about this nose too…
On the mouth – Very peppery.
Barbecue sauce and sweet ketchup (where in the blue F did this come from!?).
Fruit jams comprised of slightly more bitter fruits.
Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of cardamom.
Finish – The pepperiness continues.
There’s a decent length here.
In sum – So while I was trying to figure this one out (what with the strangeness from the bourbon light fresh nose to the family barbecue pallet), I realized what’s happening here. This is, after all, a 13yr old whisky AND a kosher whisky.
What happens to Jewish boys & girls at age 13?? You guessed it, the become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This whisky became an adult! It became a Bar Mitzvah in my mouth. Hmmm, that doesn’t sound right…