With Europe very much on the minds of those of us in the UK who are preparing to vote whether to remain part of the European Union or not, I thought this might be a good time to take a look at some drams from mainland Europe.
This week we will look at Langatun Swiss Whisky. They have four expressions currently available in the UK. I will be looking at Old Bear and Old Deer, the other expression are simply cask strength versions of these.
Langatun Swiss Whisky, Old Deer, OB, 40%abv, Press Sample, (available to purchase here)
The nose is sweet, dark and rich. Dark vanilla and leather lurk amongst some cedar notes with a gentle sweetness on top.
The palate itself also feels strangely thick and somewhat syrupy. There are some very deep vanilla notes here along with some brown sugar. The palate is very much as you would expect from the nose but the flavours are not quite as pronounced as it may have suggested. Creamy fruits and pleasant spices dominate.
The finish is short but pleasant. Mostly vanilla notes here leading to a slightly spiced cedar wood ending. Quite well balanced but the strange syrupy feeling continues.
Old Deer is matured in both Sherry and Chardonnay casks.
Langatun Swiss Whisky, Old Bear, OB, 40%abv, Press Sample, (available to purchase here)
This is aparently a peated expression but I dont really get much of that at all. It is finished in Chateauneuf du Pap wine casks.
The nose is reminiscent of pears, old wood and ripe green fruits. It is candy sweet with a slightly charred feeling. As with the Old Deer there is a syrupy feeling here. The palate is tannic, spiced and thick. Very much as per the nose. There are red berries, custard and a faint smokiness here also.
The finish is somewhat short but really rather pleasant with the return of the charred wood element.
Both whiskies have much more going on in the nose than on the palate and a syrupy feeling which reminds me almost of vanilla essence. Nothing too complicated going on here but a rather intruiging conversation piece.
One to try for the novelty factor alone but perhaps a little overshadowed in the sub £50 price bracket by some stiff competition.
Next week we continue our European adventure and are head to France.