This is what a 3 year old whiskey looks like at natural colour.
Pale straw like yellow.
Loch Measc in County Mayo have released their inaugural single malt whiskey non-chill filtered & natural colour.
There’s certainly a freshness to the nose – almost minty.
Smooth palate – merest hints of flavours.
A lovely warming finale gives a lip smacking sensation with residues of new make whiskey, prickliness & a certain dryness too.
Lovely to get the opportunity to try out a new Irish distillery’s output – even if at only 3 years of age this is still a work in progress.
There is pressure on new distilleries to have something on offer to tempt folks in. Initially that might be poitín or new make offerings. Vodka & gin also provide a revenue stream while their own whiskey matures. Clearly many go for sourced whiskey to get their name out there & build up a relationship with both customers & retail streams. Loch Measc have chosen to only release their own distillate – albeit an early offering that hints at future flavours to come rather than a well rounded mature core product.
Will be interesting to see what the next few years adds to this initial whiskey.
Loch Measc website here.
My thanks to @simonsaysbeer for delivering this miniature from the Grainne Ale Craft Beer Festival