The second whisky of the three that are available now. It’s also the second of the three reviews of them. The first one, the Stratheden, was very Arran like. I liked it quite a bit.
In that post I wrote that The Lost Distillery Company recreates the whisky based on descriptions of the spirit produced in certain distilleries. Apart from what is written down about the spirit, they also take the production process in account. According to the website they look at ‘the 10 key components’. I nicked this from their site.
- Era. This gives clues about the production process that was used during that period.
- Locality. There was a strong regional style back then.
- Water. Minerals, calcium and such.
- Barley. Is there phenol in there? Which strains, and from where.
- Yeast. Currently seen as not very influential, this was different back then.
- Peat. Did they use it, and which type was it?
- Mash tun. How was it made and with what? Controlled, material, style.
- Wash back. Almost all were Douglas Fir. Currently some still are.
- Still. Shape and size were and still are important.
- Casks. Ageing was not often done, but oak was used to transport.
So, ten different aspects taken into account. They could be on to something, right?
Auchnagie Distillery was situated a couple miles south east of Pitlochry. It was located in Tulliemet and the distillery was later known Tullymet Distillery. The water pool constructed above the distillery caused ample water to be available and still exists today.
They used local peat, water as their power source, and quite some technical information is known from Alfred Barnard’s writings.
Quite heavy on the nose, more so than the Stratheden. The peat is quite present, some apple, lemon and lots of barley. The barley is quite crisp but the bere character is not something I pick up. Pretty dusty.
The palate is a lot more dusty and chalky than I expected. The peat is present and almost on a level of some of the lighter Islay whiskies. The barley is biggest other flavour with not much fruitiness going on. I do get some ginger however.
The finish is rather strong, with a coarse peatiness and grain chaff. A chalky texture remains with biscuit like flavours.
With this whisky combining quite some different styles and also being rather complex without it being overwhelming, it’s a very tasty dram. I really like that the bready, biscuity flavours are there, without them making this whisky taste too young. It’s a very well put together blended malt and I really enjoy it. Well done, chaps!
Auchnagie, 46%, Lost Distillery. Available at DH17 at a discount. Currently € 53.50