Private Bottling Number 1 Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Although famous for their gin, which is the only one ever to have won two Double Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards, The Forest Distillery has recently branched (geddit?) out into whisky. Their first production has been filled into barrels, but won’t be ready for release until 2021. So in the meantime, they’re using whisky from other distilleries and experimenting with casks to perfect their style.
Forest Whisky Private Bottling Number 1 is their very first Single Malt Scotch Whisky release. Only yielding 393 bottles, it was taken from a single Ruby Port barrique originally filled in 2008 and bottled non-chill filtered as an 11 year old. The whisky itself was distilled by an undisclosed Orkney distillery and was bottled in Scotland using The Forest Distillery’s own Forest Spring Water. When you pull the cork from the stunning black and gold porcelain bottle (made by Wade Ceramics and designed by Georgia Law), you’ll discover a rich dram full of maritime influence and summery red fruits. On the nose there’s a mix of honey, oats, raspberries and cream that instantly conjures up cranachan. On the palate there’s a hearty breakfast of porridge with slices of red apple, followed by granary bread with marmalade and strawberry jam, all served up on a vantage point overlooking the sea. Although the origin of this whisky is secret, there are only two distilleries on Orkney. The honey flavour and low levels of peat firmly suggest one, but the use of a Port pipe points in the opposite direction. You’ll just have to taste it and decide for yourself.
The Forest Distillery is a small family business based in a 17th Century stone barn deep in the woods of the Peak District National Park, somewhere between Macclesfield and Buxton. What began as a hobby on the kitchen table has now garnered critical acclaim worldwide. As only the 15th distiller in England to be granted a licence to distil, mature, blend and bottle whisky and having built a phenomenal reputation for their gin, there will be a huge demand for every single release that Lindsay and Karl Bond produce.
SKU No.: 3032872
Style No.: 746083
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 48%
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