Black Friday could have come and gone, however that doesn’t trouble the purveyors at The Whisky Alternate — which relies in London, the place Black Friday can’t even be a factor, can it? For TWE, Black Friday is a whisky, a particular version bottling you could solely get right here. Tragically, it’s already offered out — solely 1800 bottles have been produced — however a miniature lastly discovered its manner throughout the pond, arriving right here solely at the moment together with the retailer’s Christmas-themed unique, so we’re turning our consideration to the each of them posthaste.
Some particulars are mysterious. What we all know could be discovered driving together with our critiques.
The Whisky Alternate Black Friday 2021 – A straightforward one to explain: It’s a 22 yr previous Speyside single malt. Tremendous approachable, that is clearly a bourbon barreled whisky with all the trimmings of Speyside: Caramel-soaked apples, some baking spice, a contact of incense, and marshmallow cream all on the intense and full of life nostril. The palate is once more proof that 22 years is nothing in chilly Scotland; this feels contemporary as a daisy, with pears, apples, and a spritz of grapefruit peel throughout the highest. A drizzle of salted caramel on the end. I’d drink this any day. 98.4 proof. A / £110
The Whisky Alternate A Advantageous Christmas Malt 2021 – Barely much less mysterious, because it’s made by an Orkney distillery, aged 16 years — and nonetheless out there. That evenly peaty nostril instantly tells me that is Highland Park, and it definitely does evoke Christmas — hearth nights and touches of smoky creosote, filtered by toffee and a touch of espresso bean. The peat’s a bit extra aggressive than within the typical HP at this age, dulling the sweeter components of the whisky, although notes of orange peel and a cinnamon/clove melange handle to push their manner by the extra savory traits, a minimum of for a time. The end retreats to toasty, smoky peat, smoldering and brooding and begging for a blanket to be tossed over it. Enjoyable. 106.4 proof. A- / £80