Noble Rebel: Orchard Outburst, Hazelnut Harmony & Smoke Symphony
Unpeated and all bourbon cask-matured with some malt fermented with a chardonnay wine yeast.
Nose: As the name suggests this is pretty fruity. Apple, pear, peach. Vanilla custard, malt, cream, cinnamon and marshmallow too.
Palate: Ripe, sweet apples, tinned peach. Some milk chocolate with vanilla and a little white pepper and toasted oak.
Finish: Short, sweet and fruity.
Score: 5 out of 10
Unpeated and 100% matured in bourbon casks.
Nose: Again we get orchard fruit but pear predominantly, maybe some tart green apple too. Pencil shavings, hazelnuts and a little mustiness. Golden syrup and cookie dough. Cinnamon again as well as some nutmeg.
Palate: This starts sweet - honey, barley sugar and crème pat but are followed by a bitter note. Grapefruit peel and apple sours. Walnuts and Brazil nuts plus spicy oak as well as white pepper again.
Finish: Short again but the tart citrus and spice win out leaving the finish a little unpleasant for me
Score: 4 out of 10
A peated expression finished in Rioja red wine casks.
Nose: Sweet peat, caramel, salted peanuts. Mocha, a hint of red berry compote. Fennel sausage.
Palate: Like the nose its sweet with a gentle sweet peat character. Caramelized smoked bacon, dried dark fruit - raisins and dates. Some red berries, orange oil and a little menthol.
Palate: Short with sweet peat and brown sugar sweetness lingering
Score: 5 out of 10
Overall: Like a lot of whisky out there these are all just pretty average. Both the Orchard Outburst and the Smoke Symphony hit the brief given by their names but do it in a simple if unremarkable way. Both are perfectly fine sippers and for £40 I can live with the price tag.
The Hazelnut Harmony doesn't work as well for me being just a little to spice and oak driven and with an underlying tartness on the finish that detracts from the overall picture.
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