I prefer Rye January.
And not just any old rye at that.
I choose Arbikie Highland Rye. The first Scottish Rye for over 100 years.
In reality – the 3rd interpretation of a grain I love from this boutique distillery.
The first bottle – at 2 years old – was young , feisty & flavoursome.
The second – at 3 – with additional PX cask finishing – superb.
This third release – at 4 years old – has Armagnac finishing. A suitably symbiotic pairing as Armagnac is the more artisinal & craft produced brandy to it’s mass marketed Cognac sister.
Can this latest release top the other 2 for a tasty trifecta?
A deep earthy nose segues into a sweet rye spiciness.
Lovely luxuriant mouthfeel – reminiscent of dark fruits soaked in brandy – mellows & subdues that signature peppery spice.
The long finish exhibits a joyful prickly tingling dancing away to leave a lip smacking juiciness in contrast to the dryness I normally associate with rye.
A class whisky.
Rooted in terroir, tradition & tastiness.
Nb, this bottle was kindly supplied by Arbikie Distillery.