There is something so fabulous about being truly surprised.
Which is why our original Mumbai tasting group keeps to its habit of tasting blind. Sometimes we reveal each whisky immediately after tasting, other times we wait until we have sampled all three whiskies.
In this case, it was after tasting all three drams and what a reveal! Why?
As it introduced North Star Spirits, a new independent bottler based in Glasgow. Starting in just 2016, we understand it is a “one man” operation by Iain Croucher, earlier part of A.D. Ratraay group.
Interestingly, he has a distribution relationship in Germany with Sansibar – which is another independent bottler that caught my attention recently for its ability to spot good casks for relatively reasonable rates.
My photos do not do justice to their packaging which is eye catching and filled with details about the cask type and inventive tasting notes too!
What did we sample?
- North Star’s Cask Series 001 – Glenrothes 20 year (Oct 1996/Oct 2016) 54.6% Refill sherry hogshead (252 bottles)
- North Star’s Cask Series 001 – Ardmore Peat 8 year (June 2008 / Oct 2016) 57.1% Refill barrel (198 bottles)
- North Star’s Cask Series 002 – Islay 8 year (June 2008 / May 2017) 58.3% Bourbon hogshead & finished in two sherry octaves (230 bottles)
All are cask strength, from a single cask, with natural colour and no chill filtration.
As North Star bottles have already captivated attention, we understand it is best to pre-order online as they seem to be snapped up quickly!
I’m now on the hunt to find more North Star whiskies to share with our other whisky tasting groups in Mumbai.