Here is the new range of “Le Comptoir Irlandais” bottlings and to be honest I never tried any of their bottlings so let’s try all the new ones together!
Auchroisk 11yo 2009 (46%, Signatory Vintage, Hogshead)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: It’s fruity and round with freshly cut white and yellow fruits, grassy notes, bourbon vanilla, beeswax and some hints of preserved peaches.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is very good and the texture is kind of oily. It’s spicy at first with white pepper and cardamome. Then you have some fresh fruits, acacia honey, peaches, black tea dryness, rose petals, mild spices and still some vanilla.
Finish: Medium. It’s mainly round and fruity with some pastry notes wrapping the fruits together with still some vanilla on top!
A very nice daily dram, simple and yet very enjoyable!
Royal Brackla 11yo 2009 (46%, Signatory Vintage, Bourbon cask)
Colour: White wine.
Nose: Freshly cut apples, arlequin candies, wood smoke, white pepper, hints of vanilla and even some gentle coastal peat!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is kind of oily. Dry fruits mixed with ripe exotic fruits, bourbon vanilla, white pepper, pear juice, roasted pineapples, wood smoke, malt, pine wood freshness and still some delicate aerial and earthy peat.
Finish: Short-medium. Very fruity and spicy with a lot of white pepper, exotic fruits chutney, earthy notes and hints of coastal peat.
An interesting Royal Brackla with some kind of coastal peaty notes inside, I enjoyed it despite the lack of complexity. It’s original and easy to drink, another good daily dram!
Inchgower 12yo 2007 (61.2%, Signatory Vintage, Hogshead)
Colour: Deep gold.
Nose: It’s kind of a rustic nose. There are some smoked meat, mineral notes, chalk, iodine and citruses.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is good. Iodine, brine, sea salt, wood dryness, citruses, spices, cinnamon, anise stars, anise seeds and dusty leather.
Finish: Medium with a delicate mix of wood and spices.
It’s a very austere and rustic profile which I personally like. If you loves those kind of profiles too, it should be a very pleasant daily dram!
Bunnahabhain 12yo 2008 (46%, Signatory Vintage, Sherry Casks)
Nose: It seems to be an old school sherry profile with a bit of dusty leather, old library, old dusty books, coffee, dark and bitter chocolate and white pepper in the background.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is very good and the texture is still a bit oily even with this reduction. Here we have some pretty bitter dark chocolate, candied tangerines, fresh tangerines, roasted coffee beans, woody notes, ristretto coffee and still some white pepper in the back ground.
Finish: Medium with dry fruits, bitter cocoa, raw leather, old library, coffee and dark chocolate.
A very typical sherry heavy profile but still well executed.
Ledaig 9yo 2011 (46%, Signatory Vintage, Port & Bourbon Cask)
Colour: White wine.
Nose: Some bewitching juicy smoked meat, intense wood smoke, iodine, sea salt and seaweeds.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is oily. Fruits wrapped in a deep barbecue smoke, earthy notes, fatty peat, white pepper, medicinal notes, lemon juice and even hints of raw meat!
Finish: A lot of fatty peat again with hints of fruits behind some smoked meat.
That’s a fairly simple and delicious dram you can sip again and again. If you don’t know what to drink while BBQ’ing, here it is!
Caol Ila 9yo 2010 (59.3%, Signatory Vintage, Hogshead)
Colour: White wine.
Nose: Iodine, brine, crystallized sea salt, earthy and mineral notes and a bewitching wood smoke on the background.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is just perfect and the texture is oily and thick. Here we have a cristal clear Caol Ila! It starts with a deep coastal peat then arrives citruses, lemons, white pepper, wood smoke, seaweed, sea salt and also some hints of citruses jam.
Finish: In perfect harmony with the mouth with some more complexity in the remaining notes of the finish. In the end there are some lingering wood bitterness and mineral dryness, that’s very good!
Young Caol Ila seems to always be a safe bet but I have to say that I like this one very much!
This is roughly the first time that I tasted some bottling from “Le Comptoir Irlandais” and I have to admit that I had some apprehension and fears concerning the mindset of a big group like this. I have to say that I’am impressed and like their mindset very much, the people doing the selection seems to be some real whisky lovers trying to select very nice cask for a large and different public which result in fine in a very nice consistency through the different bottlings despite the complete difference of profiles and audience. Nice selection guys, keep up with the good work!