44% ABV - British Columbia, Canada
Nose: Sweet grains command the nose with light cereal notes, distant spices, honey, and grasses. It stayed true over time or with water.
Taste: A medley of soft, ripe fruits (including peach, pear) with light grains and spices. There is a small amount of woodiness, slightly creamy or buttery mouthfeel, and a maple-caramel touch.
Finish: Ending with honey, sweet bread, and fading spices… and I really think the suggestion of bubblegum is here!
Dubh Glas Distillery’s Isolation is a straight forward, sweet single malt… a complete contrast to the confusing, rough blend of a time that we are in right now. This spirit "is doubled distilled and aged for no less than three years in oak." I am not sure the exact age of this single barrel, but I can tell you that the flavours are very spirit-driven. I hope that I’ll be able to continue buying new releases and that we see an increasing amount of its lifetime spent in oak. If the quality in the glass right now is any indication of futures, then adding more years – carefully managed – could make for a magnificent mature malt.
I have really enjoyed this new world of ordering direct from the distillery that I have discovered. Whether it is brought about due to current global events or if it’s something that has always been there and I am just discovering now – I’m glad that it exists! Even though this bottle here is distilled just a bit over 400km away, it is very difficult to come by – in fact, ordering directly is the only way I am aware of. Put this distillery on your watch-list if you can’t find it yet; I expect only good things to continue coming!
Tasting Notes (Official): 100% ex-Bourbon custom made small barrel highlighting the sweetness of corn and reflective of our signature style with vanilla, caramel toffee, spice, roasted grain and bubblegum notes.
Tasted 17, 22 June 2020. (Posted 22 June 2020.)