Boutique-y Langatun bottles come festooned with an antique looking map showing the cross-continent / cross-country journey that the casks utilised have taken. Commencing in the US for some American white oak, moving across the Atlantic to Spain and then onward to Switzerland where the casks are filled with Langatun’s spirit. Finally, they reach the UK and Boutique-y's parental - Atom Brands.
The bottler has produced four Langatun batches to date. Batch 1 was reviewed on The Dramble as part of our 2018 Advent exploration – Batch 2 and Batch 4 are currently available for sale. And door No.4 offers up a 2019 edition in the form of Batch 3.
Batch 3 has been crafted from birchwood smoked barley (not a common sight) and matured in a Chateauneuf-du-Pape cask. Often considered and sold as ‘fancy’ wine bottlings from this French wine appellation after often focussed around robust (but accessible) Grenache-based red blends. This said, there’s a wide selection of varietals utilised across the region, so pegging it to one particularly thing or another without any wider knowledge is often something of a folly. But for the purpose of this review, we’ll just assume we’re dealing with some amount of red wine cask maturation over the 5 years that this Langatun has been matured for.
The release of 625 bottles is bottled at 51.2% ABV - the best price I can find for it in the UK is via The Whisky Exchange - £81.95. Or indeed a Perfect Measure sample for £8.85.
Nose: Flambe orange peels and banana milkshake powder are joined by thick gloopy honey, barley water and light scattering of red berries. Ginger and nutmeg permeant, whilst a few odd notes float through – boiled vegetables and burnt out electrical boards. Both fade over time and are replaced by Terry’s Chocolate Orange and grassy, dried reeds. Reduction provides a heavier cereal complement with chocolate-covered cornflakes joined by a sprinkling of pepperiness.
Taste: Fruit forward. Banana skins and pear syrupy combine with a selection of raisins and chopped nut brittle. Creaminess develops with Chantilly alongside orange sorbet and plays will with bran flakes, nutmeg and gentle pepperiness. The addition of water reveals smooth toffee alongside milk bottle sweets and foam mushrooms.
Finish: Quite long with pepperiness and soft char alongside chocolatey-ness.
Batch 3 of Boutique-y’s Langatun takes a little time to show its best face. But once rested, it delivers a fruit-focussed, creamily textured composition that’s quite different in application to Batch 1’s sherry influence. The smoke influence is light throughout but feels misplaced on the nose where it manifests as a sulfide (cabbage) aroma. The palate however is much more successfully realised and offers an agreeable combination of fruits and creaminess.
For a second opinion head over to OCD Whisky and read Sorren thoughts.
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