Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2010
"Perhaps a new breed of single malt"
Five thousand miles away on a secluded Missouri hillside, oak perfect for the maturation of this whisky reaches straight for the heavens. Here, in the relative shade of these north-facing slopes, we hand-select oak that has grown slowly enough to create a spongier and more porous wood. Perfect for welcoming the spirit and imparting the maximum amount of flavour.
The 'Astar', meaning journey in Gaelic, has certainly come a long way. But with its bright gold colour and smooth but spicy finish, we feel the journey has been more than worth it.
Rich in toffee and crème-brulee, drizzled with fresh menthol, warm cinnamon and deep aniseed spices. Mint humbugs and a sweet honey-lemon complexity follows.
Crème-brulee with a burst of mouth-watering pineapple, poached pears and apricots, smothered with vanilla custard.
The finish is long and smooth with a lingering mix of honey and almond, coconut ice and traces of aniseed.
Category - New Release
Category - Single Malt
Category - Scotch Single Malts