What, in the name of all that is malty, is Abhainn Dearg?
Well, it's an unpronounceable distillery for one. It's in the Outer Hebrides. Yes. Outer The first, apparently. It's on the Isle of Lewis.
They'll be saving a proper release for when it's 10 years old in 2018 but till then they've released spirit and a ludicrously priced single cask (£150 for 50cl).
That would be enough to not bother with but they also do miniatures and I just happened to spy one in Inverness airport the other day.
Since the start of the year I've made it my mission to try a whisky from every distillery in Scotland currently available. So now I've got Wolfburn left (we won't count Kininvie because I regard it as Balvenie, but I've that too now anyway.)
You can find more info on the distillery here: http://abhainndearg.co.uk/
Abhainn Dearg 3yo Single Cask 46%
Colour: Light Straw
Nose: Light, very malty, very traditional style. Lemon, toasty, toasted oak, spice rack, loads of clove, cardamom, slightly nutty, fresh bread, earthy malt. Aromatic actually.
Taste: Light, spicy and malty. Very malty actually. Lots of clove, cardamom, toasted oak, traditional malting floor smell, a little toffee into the finish.
Finish: Medium length. Spiced and nutty with more toasty oak.
Doesn't taste like a 3 years old. Really interesting stuff. Reminds me of a very malty 10yo Blair Athol I had. Really looking forward to future releases from this distillery.
Network Average: 74.4
Best Score: 91
Worst Score: 44
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good