The Lakes Whiskymaker's Editions - Bal Masque, 54% abv
The fourth release in The Whiskymaker’s Editions series, Bal Masque is a showcase of The Lakes Distillery’s sense of adventure.
Complex and aromatic, Bal Masque bears the mystery and seduction of a masquerade ball. Flavours and aromas mingle like masked revellers with featherlight touches.
Working with French oak for primary maturation can be tricky in comparison to using American and Spanish oak, but the results can be quite fascinating. When used exclusively, the abundance of tannins and wood extractives can create a beautifully seductive and mysterious character.
Smell: Lots of woody spice at first. Then rich caramel, red berries and dried fruits. There’s a lighter side too. Honey and vanilla gives way to some perfumed floral notes and cereals. Crema Catalana.
Taste: More of the creamy caramel notes on arrival. Quickly develops into that aromatic woody spice. Chewy toffee. Touch of raspberry. Woody finish. Even at 54% it’s pleasantly drinkable. A splash of water seemed to create an oilier texture.