A funny thing happened on the way to “GlenHatton”…
“Wait, what’s GlenHatton?”
“GlenHatton” is a something I’ve been brewing for some time now. I’ve been pouring my “Dregs”* into a single bottle, about 26 whiskies in all, and reached a point were it seemed to smell & taste… interesting. So, being taught that “sharing is caring” I reached out to some people via the JSMWS Facebook page to see if they wanted to try it. I received more responses than I could shake a stick at and could only dole out about 6 samples. There will be a a series of “GlenHatton” posts in the very near future… “Watch this space”
*(“Dregs” Noun. Meaning in the Whisky World: The final bits of many whisky bottles or samples that where there simply was not enough left to drink as a dram, or barely more than a few drops.)
So, one of the lucky 6 recipients of my GlenHatton Dregs whisky asked if I were interesting in tasting an all-malt blend that he had been working on (Sssseeeeee??? sharing IS caring!!). I, of course, said ‘hell yeah!’ and asked what was in the blend. He could not tell me. All he could say was that this was some OLD juice! He did give some names and a range of dates: 60’s Balvenie, 30’s Mortlach, some old-ass LittleMill and a few others. Again, the information was as limited as could be. That’s cool. I figured it’d be a fun experiment regardless…
Thanks to EM for the sample!
A high sweet corn-like note is uncovered after the first sip and is off-set by a slight touch of smoke.
Jasmine tea (a lovely note).
Light sweet butter. A touch of coconut and a bit of pineapple.
On the mouth — ***Incredibly thick*** and seemingly growing in volume (perhaps my mouth is watering?). Flat soda.
I’m guessed the ABV was pretty low, no more than 43% (EM corrected me, its just over 44%ABV).
Spicy and spiced notes of fresh and juicy melon.
Finish — Fruity & tropical – filled with mango and persimmons. Lasting fruitiness.
In sum — A cool mix of fruits, wood, smoke (however slight) and Asian-style goodness. All-in-all a nicely balanced, enjoyable whisky. Perhaps the best thing about this whisky was the mango sticky rice note (I am SO HUNGRY right now).