The King's Inch single malt has been matured in both first-fill ex-bourbon casks and first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry butts. It is released at 46% ABV and is non chill-filtered. There are just 5,000 bottles in the first batch and they are available through selected specialist whisky retailers. A bottle will cost £45.
Our tasting notes
The colour is pale golden yellow and the nose is vibrant, fresh and a little hot. Aromas of crisp green apple and sugar syrup rise first along with hints of sultana and cocoa powder. Further aromas of vanilla toffee and white chocolate add a little more weight, but overall it feels quite basic and youthful.
On the palate this whisky is pretty lively and hot on first impressions. Plenty of white pepper and a pinch of warm baking spices (think of cinnamon and a hint of powdered ginger in particular) lead the way and it is not really until these subside a little that other notes begin to come through with any authority. Vibrant green apple and boiled peardrop sweets are joined by notes of vanilla icing, toffee and brandy-soaked sultanas. Hints of candied fruit (think of lime especially, plus some lemon), toasted malt and marzipan follow. The greenness is never far away and becomes slightly more grassy and vegetal towards the end.
The finish is a touch on the short side and packed with peppery heat. This is especially true once the sweeter characteristics have gone. This leaves a hot, drying and mouthwatering feel with the candied lime peel tang returning right at the end.
What's the verdict?
The King's Inch is clearly young and is quite feisty, peppery and vibrant as a result. This makes it slightly challenging to drink neat. However we tried the remainder of our sample with water and ice, and it fared a little better. Water dampened the hot and youthful spice and brought out the green fruitiness and grassy notes. Ice was the winner and made it superbly refreshing with a nice almost creamy texture.
We imagine this will be best served as part of a cocktail - we think it would work well in a Scotch whisky highball or something along those lines, or the leaflet our sample came with suggested classics such as the Old Fashioned or Rob Roy.
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