Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Arran, Tobermory, and Tormore
Today we look at a few more independently-bottled malts from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, courtesy of Master of Malt. All three of these are recent arrivals from Batch 1. Again, all are limited edition single malts bottled without age statements in 500ml bottles (and wacky labels). Thoughts follow.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Arran Batch 1 – Beautiful nose on this Island whisky, fresh with toasted cereals and touches of heather. A much heavier grain influence than the typical single malt, but that’s not a slight. This Arran offers a richness and depth that’s common to Arran, with a touch of saltwater and seaweed on the quite lasting finish. Fresh and with a good balance of sweet and savory, it’s a solid whisky at a fairly reasonable price. 98.2 proof. A- / $62 (500ml) (Batch 1 sold out)
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Tobermory Batch 1 – A rare bottling from the Isle of Mull (north of Islay). One of those schizophrenic whiskys that’s all over the map, offering notes of seaweed, coal fires, old wine, canned peaches, cereal, Madeira, and burning grass. Some dark chocolate interspersed with smoldering embers in there. In the end it’s altogether interesting but very muddy and unbalanced. 107.6 proof. B- / $77 (500ml)
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Tormore Batch 1 – A classic Speyside malt. Lots of citrus on the front of this whisky, with vanilla, marshmallows, and graham crackers filling the body. I get touches of maple syrup on the back, with hints of cinnamon. A textbook — if somewhat young — Speyside malt that’s as easy-drinking as they come. 100 proof. A / $109 (500ml)