It feels like ages since I wrote about an actual whisky doesn’t it? It is good to search out other things to write about and indeed somewhat cheaper to create that content but actually sitting down with a whisky you can’t beat.
This one today was new to me and a birthday present from my brother. It comes from Gaelic Whiskies who have their address as being on the Isle of Skye. A bottler which I think I might have written about before? I will have to check that just now…
Hi! Did you miss me? Yeh I have written about Sir Ian Noble and his whisky company in the Poit Dhubh 21 Year Old article which actually was also from my brother. He must like his Gaelic anyway back to this slightly cheaper and more affordable dram.
As a connoisseurs’ Gaelic Whisky, Tè Bheag contains a high proportion of aged single malts, matured in sherry casks.
Following the best of whisky making traditions and omitting the modern chilfiltering process, the heart of the whisky is preserved intact, giving a distinctively softer, fuller and richer character, acclaimed by connoisseurs.
This is what is written on the back of the bottle so its sherry cask matured and bottled at 40%. There is a small amount of peated whisky used and definitely some grain but like the bottle says…a high proportion of single malt. These are not easy bottles to find but the producer does have their own website where all the bottles are available.
Also, and this isn’t important but there apparently seems to have been a number of awards won. All IWSC silver awards with the most recent being from 2017. I have never looked into the small print of these award things but it is probably a safe bet to assume it’s a lot of marketing.
Colour – orange
Nose – very sweet and a touch of raisins and herbs.
Palate – watery texture with a touch of chilli, milk chocolate drops and an earthy note in the background.
Finish – Finish is short but again sweet with some salt to balance
There is not a lot of complexity with this whisky but it something of a rarity. This is a sweet old-fashioned whisky made with some good single malt and well matured grain as well. There is none of the harsh or under matured rough grain alcohol notes which has plagued this sector and tarnished the reputation of blended whisky in Scotland.