Nov 25th 2021 - Tasting notes

Connas Stunnas Spirit of Yorkshire

I know what you’re thinking…

  • - “It’s about bloody time!”


Yeah, you’re right. You’d think that I’d have managed to review something from the distillery closest to Whisky Lounge HQ by now.

Let’s just say that there have been logistical issues!


But, FINNALLY, I’m getting to taste the fruits of our old pal Joe Clark’s labour since he left us back in 2016! This should be fun….

SOY Flagship


Filey Bay Flagship


Abv - 46% ABV


Maturation – Bourbon


RRP £55


Colour

Pale Gold


Nose

Light with fresh cereal notes dissipating nicely allowing to allow mango and strawberries in vanilla cream to appear.


Palate

Pleasingly thin silky feel balancing well with the nose, and warmth on the sides of the tongue. Slightly more “Wood” forward than the nose suggests but recognisable, barley water, lemon cheesecake, ginger and a touch of nutmeg to round it off.


Finish

Mudium length and cereal forward once more.

SOY STR


Filey Bay STR Finish


Abv - 46% ABV


Maturation – Shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine


RRP £60


Colour

Gold


Nose

Lightly pronounced with apple wood, cinnamon buns, Chantilly cream and the slightest touch of lemon zest.


Palate

Silky feel remains and slightly more robust in the flavour department. Fuller bodied with cinnamon out weighing the ginger this time, cox pippins with raspberry coulis and the very slenderest pinch of white pepper.


Finish

Medium finish with spices fading into fresh summer fruits.

SOY YD


Filey Bay Yorkshire Day 2021


Abv - 55% ABV


Maturation – Oloroso and Ex-bourbon


RRP £85


Colour

Pale Amber


Nose

Light with caramel and buttery Christmas spices, cinnamon, nutmeg a touch of clove then a orange liqueur flambe for good measure.


Palate

That silky mouth feel just persists, and the flavour dial has been turned up a notch too, orange cake with cardamom, and lemon icing. Charred sweet pastry and ginger are also evident with more mellow notes of tropical mango and pineapple underpinning the journey.


Finish

Medium to long with a surprising but pleasant underlying of the palates more fruity notes.

SOY Mos


Filey Bay Moscatel Finish Batch #2


Abv - 46% ABV


Maturation – Moscatel Finish


RRP £60


Colour

Gold


Nose

Medium pronunciation with thick creamed butter, raspberry, melon, and a touch of mascarpone dusted with icing sugar.


Palate

Full of creamy tropicality and underlying spice to bolster. Mango and melon, passion fruit and jackfruit. United with thin cream caramel and the hum of ginger syrup.


Finish

Medium Length once more with the cream caramel and a touch of coffee before sign off.

SOYIPA


Filey Bay IPA Finish Batch #1


Abv - 46% ABV


Maturation – IPA Finish


RRP £60


Colour

Pale Gold


Nose

Pronunciation is medium, with huge grapefruit and light Guadeloupe melon. A slight camomile cream tea note, and a very far of dry herb aroma.


Palate

Wow, interesting! The Grapefruit arrives in a wave, warmth on the middle of the tongue with ground white spice then a coating of vanilla cream followed by key lime pie, and heathery lemon curd.


Finish

Medium length with very slight bitterness right at the end.


Overview


People of Yorkshire. Be safe in the knowledge that good whisky is being made in your county.


In an age where there has been a glut of new distilleries opening, all with varying amounts of hype and excitement. It’s refreshing to see that the folks at Spirit of Yorkshire are letting the whisky do the talking.


If I’m being over critical, maybe they could let the foot off the breaks ABV –wise and give us something with a bit more “umph” in the alcohol department. That said, good spirit, in good casks. What more do you need!? (And that IPA cask was a LOT of fun!).


Now, you can all go and try some at Yorkshire Whisky Festival this weekend and tell me what you think!


Onwards!


Connas

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