Ah… Chorlton… it has fast become a favourite independent bottler with their beautiful whiskies with even more beautiful labels.
In 2020, David came out with a new series – La Nouvelle Vague – and I simply could not resist! While I haven’t acquired all, I am a proud owner of this trio! So far we’ve only sampled the first… and I couldn’t wait to crack open the next two… bringing the full bottles with me on a trip to Paris to share!
- Mannochmore 12 year 58.7% – A delightful summery dram
- Croftengea 13 years 53.9% – If you aren’t immediately familiar with Croftengea, perhaps you have heard for Loch Lomond? Croftengea is the brand for their heavily peated version…
- Orkney 15 year 57.1% – It doesn’t take much to realize it is… ahem… Highland Park
Alas since I got my hands on the Croftnegea and Orkney, Brexit has complicated things considerably and I suspect future Chorlton acquisitions may be quite challenging.
Here are all the Chorlton‘s sampled till date from the L’Ancien Régime series… both with the Whisky Ladies European chapter and earlier in Mumbai with our original tasting group…
- Blair Athol 12 years 56.6% – Nurnberg lebkuchen of chocolate and gingerbread in a glass!
- Mackmyra 12 years 50.2% – Fresh, clean, cherry wood and honey
- Miltonduff 11 years 62.0% – Great contrast between fruity nose and surprisingly rich palate
- Tomintoul 14 year 57.6% – Jammy cookies and cakes with sweet spices
- Miltonduff 9 year 58.3% – Creamy dessert with fruits, breakfast cereals… in short delicious!
- Orkney 9 year 63.1% – Copper, minerals, salted caramel, and smoke, all beautifully balanced
- Ruadh Maor 8 year 62.5% (aka Glenturret) – Seasoned meats and fried snacks…. a chameleon quality that evolved differently in each glass
Each one has been unique and interesting in its own way… Slainte!
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