Today we have a sample of the new Eden Mill, Art of the Blend Whisky, Batch No. 4, which I was given by Lara, one of their ambassadors. I have been wanting to try some of their batch releases for a while but somehow haven’t got round to it yet – so many whiskies, so little time!
Now if you know much about Eden Mill then you will know that they started producing whisky and Gin in the tail end of 2014 – their gin has been hugely successful, and very tasty I must say! As they only started producing a short while ago their malt spirit isn’t quite old enough yet to be called whisky, I believe they are planning on releasing their first single malt in the first half of 2018, so what we have here is from their small batch blend series. This is the 4th batch released by Eden Mill, and sees the blend being finished for a period of time in European oak, ex-port casks. It is an NAS blend, presented at 51%ABV, and is priced at £45. Limited to only 1,100 bottles.
Over the last year or so I have been getting more and more into my port cask matured and finished whiskies so I’m really looking forward to this!
This is very fresh, delicate and winey upfront on the nose, it is somewhere between a crisp dry rose wine and a sweet prosecco. The wine is accompanied by a punch of alcohol, though for 51% it is to be expected. After a few moments in the glass it does settle down, and brings out a lot of sweetness. There is icing sugar, Caramac bars and vanilla custard with a slightly burnt caramel sauce (crème caramel pudding). This mingles well with the wine characters of mulled wine and red berries from the cask, resulting in an impressively busy nose for what I would guess is a fairly young whisky – if I had to guess I’d say somewhere between 5 and 7 years. As the sweetness dies off we are left with peppermint creams, white chocolate sauce and perfumed lemon grass.
Wow, now that is a gorgeous arrival! Really soft for 51% but packed with flavour! There is a warming port sweetness upfront with a sweet, tannic, grapey syrup, rich stewed plums and mulled spice. Then through the development the port calms down as more classic ‘whisky’ characters come through. Soft malt leads into lemon rind and dried mixed peel, which is accompanied by an array of warming wood spice; vanilla, black pepper, nutmeg. Towards the back of the palate there is a fizzy raspberry sherbet note as well as strong milky coffee and dark chocolate.
The warming spice from the palate continues on, as does a lot of red fruits, with cherry jam and dried cranberries. The port comes back in the finish bringing a slight tannic grapyness and more richness, as well as a strong oaky character. The Finish for me is like having a black forest gateaux, sprinkled with pepper, served up with a milky breakfast tea.
I must say, I really enjoyed this, so thank you so much Lara for giving me the opportunity. I wasn’t too sure what to expect when this arrived in the post but it certainly wasn’t this. Yes it is young, but the intense port character masks that very well and provides a lot of interesting depth, yet at the same time isn’t overbearing at all. I did think it seemed a bit expensive at first (£45, it does come with a glass), but when you consider it is a batch release, of only 1,100 bottles, it is actually a steal for the quality of the product! I know their previous batch releases have been snapped up quick so you had better move fast if you want to try this