One thing I love about whisky is the fact that it is so much more than just a rich, versatile and well-tasting drink. It is also a carrier of lore, a bringer of joy, a patron of togetherness and an ignitor of the imagination. Often, it only takes one sniff and one sip to unlock the most amazing thoughts, ideas and connotations. When I first drank the Peated Release No. 1 from 1770 Whisky, for example, it immediately took me back to my last visit to Glasgow in 2018. Back then, my wife and I walked from the banks of the Clyde to the city center in the rain. This was not the most cozy experience, of course. But it was good. It was real. It was memorable. And for an hour or so it made us feel as if we were more than just visitors to the city. I cannot really explain why, but for some reason I get the same feeling when I drink 1770 Whisky’s Peated Release No. 1. Like the city in which it was born – 1770 Whisky is being made at The Glasgow Distillery – this young, smoky single malt Scotch whisky is vibrant and cultivated, eccentric and edgy, down-to-earth and highbrow … all at the same time! To me, it has a total, genuine Glasgow vibe! And I am digging that a lot!
Eye: Autumn gold.
Nose: Opening bold and brash with chimney wood, curry powder and dried fruits (orange slices, apple chips, apricot bits). Furthermore, there are all kinds of herbal notes; most noteably fennel and sage. Other smells include nut wedges, barley, tobacco and diesel fumes. The peat is not overly strong, but it is clearly there. It is ashy, heathery and also a bit medical.
Palate: The taste is dominated by the virgin oak casks. They set the general direction, whereas the sherry casks add some individual touches here and there. Above all, I get cough candy, pine cones, black tea, licorice and fennel. Additionally, the whisky seems somewhat oily and metallic. I suppose that is what raised my “Walking along the banks of the Clyde in the rain” association. After a while, some softer notes appear, too: strawberry creme, butter cookies and sweet almonds. As in the nose, the peat takes an ashy and heathery form at this stage.
Finish: Mid-long; becoming sweeter. The cough candy, the pine cones and the fennel remain. Now, they are joined by marzipan, gobstoppers and soft fruits. There’s a thin layer of fumy smoke, too.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Lowlands)
Alc. volume: 46 per cent
Bottle size: 0.5 litres
Price range: ~45.00 Euro
More info: https://www.glasgowdistillery.com/ (Distillery) ; https://kirschwhisky.de/ (Distributor)
*** I got this whisky as a Christmas present. ***