It’s an exciting time for new distilleries folks. They’re popping up all over the place!
And the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned, no matter what some traditionalists may have us believe, there is always the chance that new distilleries can live up too, and even surpass the quality of, whiskies that are currently being produced. That’s why I always take the new wave seriously – you just never know!
Ardgowan are one of the more prominent newbies, based in a part of Renfrewshire steeped in history, with intent to secure their name as one of the foremost whisky producers in Scotland. They have already caused somewhat of a stir with the release of a blended malt that has visited the South Pole, no less!
Now the team have announced the first whisky in what will become “The Clydebuilt” series, called “Coppersmith”. Not only to give us something to have while their own whisky is on the way. But also to celebrate celebrate the pride shown by generations of workers on the river Clyde.
Producer: Ardgowan (Clydebuilt)
Type: Blended Malt
Region: Highlands and Speyside
Maturation: First-fill Oloroso
Milk chocolate and orange, some currants and raisins in there, slight sour sharpness and dusty dry spices at the end.
Ohhh, more fresh fruit than I was expecting. Granny smiths and green grapes, sticky burned caramel with anise, creamy peppercorn sauce, with a warming coat of sticky toffee and bitter dark chocolate.
Medium length with the dark spice clinging, pleasant single cream coating with an underlying syrupy sweetness fade.
A great, balanced whisky folks! Clearly the good folks at Ardgowan can’t take credit for distilling it, but as far as creating a great, well-balanced blend is concerned (especially since its 100% First Fill Sherry), they’ve done a great job here. This can only bode well for the future Loungers!
Keep an eye out!
See you down the road peeps!
P.s. As ever, please, don’t take my word for it, GO AND TRY SOME!