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Review: Filey Bay Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky Flagship, STR, and Fino Single Cask

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Made by the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, Filey Bay is the primary single malt whisky made in, “and of,” Yorkshire, England. The distillery says this as a result of it’s a real “subject to bottle” operation, made with native malt, pot distilled, and aged on website. Filey Bay has a reasonably excessive ending operation, with over a half dozen totally different completed whiskies at the moment in the marketplace, along with its unfinished “Flagship” providing. We acquired the Flagship plus a pair of completed whiskies — one a single cask providing — for assessment. Let’s strive them.

All are 700ml.

Filey Bay Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky Flagship – Matured in bourbon casks. Recent and fruity, this can be a vibrant and sunny whisky with a nostril of baked apples, brown butter, and a pinch of baking spice. With numerous vanilla displaying, it’s instantly inviting. The palate retains the concentrate on the entire above flavors, a bit sweeter and providing a barely stronger spice aspect, a bit clearer charred wooden word, and a delicate winey word — pink fruit — on the end. All of it really works completely collectively, making for a lush, candy, and effusive option to begin an evening of English whisky. 92 proof. A- / $62

Filey Bay Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky STR End Batch #2 – More and more well-known, STR stands for “shaved, toasted, re-charred” barrels. This whisky takes the flagship then finishes it in STR pink wine casks (supply unknown, however certainly not from Yorkshire). No age data is offered for any of this. A bit extra brooding on the nostril than the Flagship, and regardless of a tiny 2% kick in abv, it’s clearly hotter. On each nostril and palate there’s extra wooden, extra cereal, and extra tannin, maybe because of the wine affect, in lieu of the extra anticipated fruity bump. The end sees notes of cherry and almonds, and loads of barrel char lingering on the again finish. A bit brooding, notably compared to the Flagship. 96 proof. B+ / $70

Filey Bay Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky Fino Single Cask #784 – This can be a U.S. unique, a single cask, full proof launch, completed in a Fino sherry cask. Surprisingly darkish in shade. Distinct Fino sherry word on the nostril: nutty, winey, oxidized, and intensely sizzling. The palate’s a scorcher that tastes precisely like sherry, however at 61% abv — think about all that toasty oxidized wine character however filtered by means of ethanol. It’s probably a polarizing expertise, and at full proof it’s a bit a lot. Nonetheless, even water doesn’t mood the expertise a lot. It’s much less of a barnburner, however it’s nonetheless effusive with notes of walnut oil and over-toasted spices, pepper, furnishings polish, and treacle. The end sweetens up over time, however it takes some doing to get there. There’s some allure right here, however the nuance of the distillate is a bit trampled. 122 proof. B / $100

spiritofyorkshire.com

Filey Bay Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky Flagship

$62

Score


9.0/10

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