Inside the Bottle – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

That Boutique-y Whisky Company, the Why of It…for Me

Okay, so this is kind of about what this independent bottler means to me. The little That Boutique-y Whisky Company part of this journey that I am on…maybe a glimpse inside the bottle too…

I guess that those of you who have seen my other articles will have read that my passion for their releases has kinda been a growing thing since 2016… and I like that. I like it a lot.

It all started on a sunny day in York in September, though truth be told my interest had piqued before that. However, I hadn’t actually tried any releases before that day.

To me That Boutique-y Whisky Company was funky labels and intrigue up until that point. Then I met the guv’nor* (and Kat too) and he introduced me to them…

I tried some wonderful releases that day…, and yes I will be honest, that day really was a huge turning point for me. I think the ones that struck me were the North British 27 year old batch 3, and also the Aberlour 23 year old batch 4. Things my palate hadn’t known, that’s not because I hadn’t tried whisky before, just distilleries I hadn’t tried before.

It was the start of something special… There is nothing better and this is probably something that sounds a bit daft, but there is nothing better than finding the one that you’ve been looking for!!

However, back then I really wasn’t in a position to buy myself to the odd treat, but now that I can, I do, and who’s counting?!! Some of them just fall into my hands (and I have very capable hands)…and sometimes I watch and wait, or go on the hunt.. et voila! it is there, and if I am able to buy it, I do. So my humble little collection (I think I need to call it that now…) has some lovely releases for me to open in the future.

To me it’s the whole package that I love about That Boutique-y Whisky Company, from the friendly faces of friends who have actually engaged with me and told me something about what I am about to sample as they pour, to the labels.

I have had the pleasure of meeting the artist Emily Chappell in London a couple of years back, you can read a bit about her here: about Emily and well, she was kind enough to give me a set of the cards which depict various labels. Each label tells a story, and I love that. Some brands have changed their image recently, and some are just lost on me now. Plain and to the point is my thing… or these. Maybe it’s the frustrated 17 year old inside me that did her work experience in a graphics studio, who was then unable to take it further (my school sucked).., or maybe it’s the fact that I still love to draw. There are times where I can let my hands express my feelings, on paper or iPad, or wherever, but these “speak” to me. These labels also adorn the walls of my home… some of them belong to some of the releases that I own, some are from festivals where I have tried the whiskies, but most importantly of all, they are reminders of times and events that bring a smile to my face.

In collecting these bottles from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, which I do so I can enjoy them, I have accept that I probably paid a little too much on some (that happens), and I have also found some absolute bargains too… I guess that shows it works both ways. I was going to nip and count them, but that’s not important, what is important to me is that they are there, even the empty ones. Each and every one of them has a tale to tell… actually, I just had a think, all my bottles have a story attached, not just the Boutique-y releases. I’m not sure if my affinity with them is due to the reasons above, you know them being a massive part of my journey, but I feel I have one. I am a fangirl…

The Dram Good Club is a blast too… so many opportunities to tempt your palate. Christmas was fun as well. I have actually purchased the advent calendar previously – the wondering about what is hidden behind the door each day, and if you avoid Twitter or various social media till you open it, then you will indeed be in for a surprise! Ha ha.

My favourite is the one of which I have finished and thoroughly savoured every scent and aroma that it delivered, and when it touches my lips, and that delicious liquid glides effortlessly across my palate, I fall in love again and again… 

B L I S S 

So anyway, to those of you who might see me on social media, this is what makes me tick in regards to That Boutique-y Whisky Company, my once upon a time neighbours at a whisky festival.

If you haven’t tried any of their releases but have the opportunity to do so, then do try them, you won’t be disappointed.  There is something for every whisky lover and every pocket too!!

*the “guv’nor” for those of you that don’t know, is Dave Worthington.

Whisky, Fudge, Fun & Beards…

An Evening with Two Auchentoshans – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Invergordon – 42 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Invergordon – 42 Year Old, Batch 15

So I kinda thought that I really should (if should is the right word) sit and do a review of this whisky..

This is of course a grain whisky from the Highland Distillery Invergordon which is owned by Whyte & Mackay. It’s 42 years old and bottled at 48% by those lovely people at That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Batch 15 was released in 2017, and I might have bought one or two (actually, better not count them ALL!!) of the 665 bottles which were released. Lucky me.

The first time I tried Invergordon whisky was back in October 2017 for That Boutique-y Whisky Companies 5th Birthday… this was Batch 11, and I was kind of hooked from then, I think I bought my first bottle of batch 15 just in time for my birthday that year.

I have also been lucky to buy batch 2 and 3, 16 and 19 and I’m sure I will eventually open them one day… Batch 16 has already gone though!!

Invergordon and the Distillery

The distillery is located in Invergordon which is in Easter Ross, Ross-shire. It also happens to be next to a little place called Saltburn…but not the Saltburn I lived in as a very little Smoggy. My late father told me about this when I was a child as he used to deliver fuel up there. If you can imagine me as a 4 year old girl hearing this filled me with excitement!!

The spirit is produced in Coffey Stills, and as you can see in the rather fab drawing on the label by Emily Chappell, this is how the still works.

There is always a little change with each release…can you spot the difference?

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My Review

The initial aroma delivers a slight hint of polish (in a good way.) There is also coffee and cinnamon. Caramel and a little vanilla. A little fruit… with a drizzle of chocolate. Lovely aromatic spices.

A deliciously warming palate. Vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon…and a little leathery note. Pepper heat is spicy. Almost a burnt sugar note with delicious woody notes. And I love it. I really do.

The finish always leaves me smiling, along with the fading spices and a little mocha bitterness.

Sadly I think this is sold out at most places now…I know of at least three whisky shops where I bought one, and went back for another (then another – thanks Wim (Tensu Spirits Boutique) till ‘nom nom, it’s all gone !!’

 

Inside the Bottle: If You Ask Me…

Happy 5th Birthday That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Cameronbridge 39 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Cameronbridge 39 Year Old Batch 7, 44.6% – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

I love a good grain whisky, no really I do!! If anyone has seen the photos on my timelines, then you know what floats my boat… it’s right up my street!

The lovely chaps and chapettes at the Dram Good Whisky club have sent us a few more treats recently, and it’s high time I gave you my thoughts on them…

Cameronbridge 39 Year Old / Batch 7 / Boutique-y Whisky Co.

The label on this bottle depicts UK’s eight-time Tiddlywinks World Singles Champion Dr. Patrick Barrie.

Cameronbridge Distillery

The largest in Europe and the oldest too. Not long after 1929 Irish engineer Aeneas Coffey had improved a still design with this own patent still, and the Coffey design is still used at Cameronbridge… now, correct me if I am wrong, I am sure I have seen one on another Boutique-y label… mmmm!!

My Review

On the nose, gentle spices with a little ginger. Hints of coffee and warm worn leather… a few berries and the enticing scent of wood. I love that!

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Caramel and cinnamon on the palate, this sits alongside cooked apple and some lovely woody notes. Did you know I love wood?!! I do.

The finish is warming and delicious with fruity flavours remaining on the palate.

This release from That Boutique-y Whisky Company is still available at Master of Malt – priced at £199.95 Master of Malt

Many thanks to That Boutique-y Whisky Company and Atom Brands et al. for the sample and opportunity to try this.

Smoggy x

Dumbarton 22 Year Old – Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Dumbarton 22 Year Old Batch 1, 47.8%

Oh don’t groan, yes, I know it’s another grain from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It’s a slippery slope today, I might end up opening a favourite bottle. Someone please tell me not to!! Someone? Anyone?

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This is the 22 year old batch 1 – 47.8% vol. from the now closed Dumbarton Distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, I bought this bottle earlier in the year.

As always the label sports some fab artwork by Emily Chappell.

My Review

The nose delivers hints of rich muscovado sugar, and there is the scent of warm soft leather and a piece of fudge while you sip the sweet and sticky almost bitter remains of a mocha in the bottom of a mug.

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On the palate there is a taste of cherries and a little orange or something ever so slightly tart. There’s a black tea bitterness to this. Spicy too. A little nutty.. and some lovely wood flavours. A nice mouthful. 

The finish is pleasant with the flavours slowly fading leaving a gentle warmth.