Is there room for a new player on the field?
In my opinion – always, and if they start out playing the good taste game they might just stay in the game for a long time.
This is how I feel about The new kid on Isle of Skye – Torabhaig.
Isle of Skye now have two distilleries operating and sending whisky on the marked. Talisker which has a special place in my heart and now Torabhaig which has made a pretty good impression with this first release.
Torabhaig 2017 The Inaugural Release is an NAS whisky, but if the distillery started distilling in 2017 and bottled late 2020 or start 2021 it will be just 3 years old. Some times peated whisky at the age of 3 can give you at hard kick in the nose and mouth but you don’t feel that with this one. It is pleasant and easy to drink and I think many would guess it to be older. You are not flipped over by complexity but you get at tasty well balanced whisky that is easy to fall in love with.
The peat level, the PPM is measured two time in this one and it is pretty cool that Torabhaig has done that. Not many go through the trouble find the actual ppm in the bottle. Usually we only get the ppm measured in the malt after it has been dried and this will show a higher ppm than the finished whisky that you will savour.
The ppm in The Inaugural Release is about 55-60 measured in the grain and ending up at 16 ppm in the bottle.
The transparentsy from Torabhaig distillery about what is used to make the whisky is high, so you are informed on the packaging that the whisky is made with Concerto malted barley and fermented with Pinnacle MG+ yeast. So if you want to be a little geeky you can be that here 🙂
𝙉𝙖𝙢𝙚: 2017 – The Inaugural Release
𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨: The Legacy Series
𝙏𝙮𝙥𝙚: Single Malt
𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙮: Scotland – Isle of Skye
𝘼𝙜𝙚: 3 Years old
𝘼𝙡𝙘 %: 46
𝘾𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙨: First-Fill Bourbon Barrels
𝘽𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝: One (100 barrels)
𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙧: Yes
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: Early 2017
𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: Late 2020 maybe start 2021
𝙇𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙: about 32000 bottles
𝙍𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙙: February 2021
𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚: about € 75 (in Denmark)
🅼🆈 🆃🅰🆂🆃🅸🅽🅶 🅽🅾🆃🅴🆂
👃: Pleasant peat smoke, honey sweetness, citrus, soft wood notes, wet forest floor, some medicinal notes, brine, vanilla, fresh red apples
👄: A light creamy mouthfeel, slight buttery, salty, the smoke from burning fresh green foliage, some floral notes, apples, vanilla
😋: Medium long, pleasant smoke notes, the salty notes, some wood notes, smoked paprika
For a little conclusion I will say this is a pretty good first release and I am looking forward to see what this will grow to be. I think, in time, some of the more known peated brands will have to step up their game if they don’t want to end up on the replacement bench.
𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮: 🥃🥃🥃🥃 (4/6)
🅼🆈 🆁🅰🆃🅸🅽🅶 🆂🆈🆂🆃🅴🅼
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙖 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙧
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝘼 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙛
🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 – 𝙈𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙢
🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙙 – 𝙄’𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮
🥃🥃 – 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣
🥃 – 𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙩