New in from North Star

Late last year we were fortunate enough to be one of the few retailers to get a wonderful selection of new whiskies from a brand new independent bottler called North Star. Based in the picturesque village of Blanefield just north of Glasgow, North Star only came in to being in 2016, but have made a very impressive mark on the whisky industry in that time.

The first releases (batch 001) were extremely well received and sold out in an exceptionally quick period of time. As a matter of fact they were so well received, that we have been inundated with requests from customers asking when batch 2 would arrive. Finally after a long wait, they are here!

This second batch is probably even more impressive than the first; one of the best is the North Star Bunnahabhain 1986, this 30 year old whisky 'Opens with molten honey, barley and buttery oak, followed by gentle tropical fruit, salt and citrus. The oak displays a lovely, mature sawdusty character...'. Our resident whisky expert Chris Goodrum is a very lucky man indeed as he has reviewed them all, which you can view here

North Star Spirits North Star Spirits Linkwood 2006 (10 year old) 60.2%

Bourbon Hogshead Dist: July 2006 Btl: May 2017 Tasted: Jun 2017 A lovely fresh nose of lime, crisp white fruit, barley and grass. The oak adds a subtle vanilla custard note and with time it becomes quite honeyed, although the alcohol holds that sweetness in check. Quite malty with a touch of beeswax. The palate is tight and mineral with a subtle honey and oily vanilla note. Pleasantly juicy on the middle with hints of malt, grass and flowers. The finish is a little masked but the honey and malt lingers. A drop of water deepens the nose and brings out some lovely, dusty barley and gives the fruit a lovely fragrant edge. The palate is fuller and display more honey and malt now as well as some lightly oiled, fleshy fruit and a touch of coffee. Lovely, juicy finish.
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North Star Spirits North British Distillery North Star Spirits North British 1995 (21 year old) 52.9%

Bourbon Hogshead Dist: Oct 1995 Btl: May 2017 Tasted: Jun 2017 The nose is quite crisp, fresh and high toned with dried fruit and column still spice. Hints of wood spice and liquorice appear and the oak sits pleasantly in the background. Polished and vibrant with developing honeysuckle and hyacinth notes. The palate is full and showing a little more toffee'd oak, but the column still crispness keeps the oak in check. Chunky dried fruit - sultana, apricot and sweet apple follow. Long and grainy with a mouth-wateringly spicy finish but the honey balances and the oak adds a smidge of dark chocolate powder.
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North Star Spirits Unspecified Distillery North Star Spirits Tennessee Whiskey 2003 (13 year old) 55.3%

Dist: Sept 2003 Btl: May 2017 Tasted: Jun 2017 Big and oaky nose with huge slabs of tick, sweet vanilla. However it's far from one-dimensional as the gorgeous peppery rye barrels through along with hints of earth, violets, milk chocolate and sour mash notes. Incredibly silky and deep. The palate isn't quite as oaky as the nose would suggest, but it's still super soft and silky though. It displays a beautiful balance of corn and rye with a touch of spice and pepper. Thick, unctuous and mouth-coating with a subtle sour mash note. A little masked with a touch of drying tannins and lingering caramel corn. When diluted the nose and the palate becomes crisper and more rye focused. The oak is still present but a lot subtler which allows the gorgeously herbal rye spice to shine.
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North Star Spirits Unspecified Distillery North Star Spirits Single Islay Malt 2008 (8 year old) 58.3%

Matured in a Bourbon Hogshead and finished in two sherry octave casks. Dist: Jun 2008 Btl: May 2017 Tasted: Jun 2017 Subtle aromas of earthy and medicinal peat with a touch of crisp, white fruit, apricot and subtle peat smoke. Hints of barley and salt follow along with an intimation of dried sherry fruit. With time it becomes quite manurey with a late parma violet note. The palate is quite full and oily with the alcohol being rather noticeable. However there is plenty of barley to counter along with some subtler peat smoke and medicinal herbs. Gentle dried fruit comes through on the middle with a touch of coffee'd oak. Lovely intense, tongue tingling herbal peat finish. Water brings out the toasted oak and caramel. It also emphasises the delightful tangerine and apricot fruit as well as the barley. The medicinal notes are still there but the smoke is now just a background curtain. The palate is still fairly oily and like the nose displays more of the oak. The peat is also subtler and sootier and gently medicinal. Long and continuing sooty with lingering barley, malty and light violety notes.
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