The third and last bottling from The Lost Distillery Project. This time it’s about the Gerston release, from a distillery by that name in Caithness.
It started it’s life as a popular farm distillery but was replaced by ‘Gerston two’ in 1886 to produce 10 times as much whisky due to popular demand. This second distillery lasted for only 28 years since they were unable to recreate the spirit from Gerston one.
In those days not much was understood of the process of making whisky, compared to now. This is extremely clear in the differences between both Gerston distilleries. The first one had a local water source and used peat from around the distillery. The second distillery still had the rights to the water source but was located much farther away, and didn’t use peat at all. Further more they changed the barley, the washbacks, the stills and even switched from peat fired stills to much bigger steam heated stills.
Anyway, a bit of randomness is what’s this distillery’s style. By the style of the whisky, I feel they’ve gone for the more popular Gerston one style.
It’s dry at first, with a clear scent of unmalted barley. Light smoke and not very salty. There’s some vanilla, barley. It all feels a bit coarse on the nose. Rather dry. It’s comparable but slightly different to the Stratheden.
It tastes a bit dirty, compared to the other two. There’s oak, vanilla and moldy dirt. Earthy, with some salt, smoky. Pretty sharp with white pepper.
The finish is a bit warmer and again has that moldy touch. Not very long.
While I considered the Stratheden to be Arran like, this one is more Springbank style, with that dirtiness going on. I enjoy this style a lot. Anyway, again, we’ll never know whether or not this actually tastes like Gerston, but it is a tasty, old style whisky.
The similarities between the Stratheden and Gerston are rather obvious, and the Auchnagie differs more, although the Gerston holds the middle between them. It’s a very tasty dram and at the price, it’s also a good change of pace for a while.
Gerston, 46%, the Lost Distillery Company. Available at DH17 at a discount. Currently € 53.50