This was originally a crass, stupid and offensive article which I shouldn’t have written, which I regret bitterly and which I apologised for (far too belatedly) in our review of 2020, published on 31st December of that year.
I have, as promised in that apology, removed the previous content of the article. It had no worth or merit, it didn’t move the conversation forward. It did nothing, in fact, besides bully and insult. I’m deeply sorry, again, to the people it attacked, and whilst I can’t take back what I said I can undertake to do better and not to use my platform on Malt to such juvenile and vicious effect.
I have left the original tasting note for the Lakes Distillery: The ONE Port Cask Finish below. A free sample was provided to Malt (and I also apologise to the Lakes for a. Bringing their whisky into an unrelated diatribe and b. Doing so at their expense.)
The whisky is a blend of The Lakes Distillery’s single malt with malt and grain whiskies from unnamed Scottish distilleries which were subsequently married and finished in Port casks.
Lakes Distillery: The ONE Port Cask Finish – review
Colour: Gold – nudging towards rose gold
On the nose: Sweet and musty. Hay barns, dust covers and barley sugar. There’s an overtness of oak too, in wood chippings form, behing which is a dainty smear of summer berries; raspberries, strawberries. Sweeter glace cherries. Not bad, though not complex.
In the mouth: A slightly cloying sweetness on the palate masks a bitterness of youth and over-dominant wood as well as a somewhat thin texture. But, to be fair, I’m being picky. Those barley sugars are still there, and still nice, and the red fruits are more fulsome than on the nose. An attractive twist of slithery smoke sashays through the whole lot. It’s ok, if a little young, occasionally crude and rough-edged. Some nice moments, just not much depth or excitement. Not much soul.
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