Sneak a peek inside September!
It’s our very first unboxing! We are so excited to share the first Pour & Sip pack with you, and to delve into these beautiful whiskies from all over the world. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
Before we dive into the whisky, we have some wonderful extras to unpack! Because this is the first box, we’ve got a pair of Glencairn tasting glasses and a how-to taste whisky guide, along with an envelope of tasting notes (which you’ll find in every box), complete with room to write your own, too. Right, onto the spirits!
Legent (pronounced ‘lee-gent’) is a true showcase of when East meets West, an awesome collaboration between Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe and House of Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo. It’s still a bourbon, but with a twist. It’s made with one of Noe’s recipes and was initially aged in charred virgin white oak. Then, portions are finished in Californian red wine casks and sherry casks, before being blended by Fukuyo. The cask influence is delicate, with jammy fruits making their way through the classic bourbon character.
Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series 3
An Irish single malt from Dublin’s Teeling here! This is the third release in the distillery’s Brabazon Series, a collection of single malts focusing on fortified wine cask maturation. This one is 14 years old and treated to a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks from Jerez in Spain, sourced from a winery that specialises in the grape. Heaps of chocolate, fig and baking spice to be found here.
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
If you thought Islay was all about peat smoke, Bunnahabhain is here to change that! A well-loved core expression from the Islay distillery, Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old was first launched in 1979. Both bourbon and sherry casks are to thank for this single malt’s nutty, fruity flavours, with a dash of coastal influence in there too.
Mackmyra Grönt Te
Another example of intriguing casks for you here, this is a Swedish whisky with some Japanese influence from Mackmyra. Grönt Te (which translates as ‘green tea’) was made in collaboration with Japanese tea specialists Yuko Ono Sthlm, and the single malt was finished in casks that were seasoned with a blend of Oloroso sherry and... green tea leaves! The cask makes for a fresh and subtly herbal expression.
Balvenie 14 Year Old - The Week of Peat
Another subversive Scotch whisky here. While Speyside isn’t usually known for peated whiskies, this Balvenie 14 Year Old was released for The Week of Peat Series. It was back in 2002 that the distillery first experimented with drying its barley with peat for the first time when it had a week’s gap in the production schedule, which then inspired this bottling series! It’s all Speyside honey and vanilla balanced by waves of peat smoke in this one.
That’s this month’s line-up! If you’re looking for something to read while you sip, don’t forget to check out our other blog posts for even more whisky goodness.