I’m working my way through a rather large lockdown purchase of miniatures.
They were chosen to try out spirits I’d not encountered before & have proved very entertaining.
These 2 whiskies are English based.
Raisthorpe Manor are a fine food & drinks company operating from a farm in Yorkshire. Their Game Keepers Tipple is a sourced Scottish blend & comes in a handy flask shaped bottle to match the humorous character on the label.
Light brown in colour.
Displays a very mild honeyed nose.
The palate is sweet & mellow with a good mouthfeel & pleasing depth of flavour. It reminded me of a Highland style.
A touch of spice on the rear appealed to me.
A very pleasant easy sipper.
The English Smokey is distilled in Norfolk.
I’ve previously encountered their Chapter 15 heavily peated offering & was impressed. This is a milder version.
Softly peated aromas greet you.
Mild on the palate, the smoke gradually rises in intensity leaving a drying mouthfeel.
A lasting prickly tingling wraps up this lovely single malt.
I couldn’t say either are outstanding – but both are very engaging.
Anything with smoke almost automatically wins out for me – but Raisthorpe’s Game Keeper performed admirably.
Fine whiskies indeed!