Producer: Glasgow Distillery Co. Distiller: undisclosed. ABV: 47%. Region: Speyside. Price: $950.*
The last time I was in Glasgow a few years back, on my way to Glengoyne, I remember regretting there were no distilleries to visit in the great gray city, which once had dozens of them.
They’re on their way back. The Glasgow Distillery Co., run by Liam Hughes & Ian McDougall, has become the city’s first in over 100 years, and A.D. Rattray has a distillery and visitors’ center in the works too.
Right now, GDC is facing the dilemma common to whisk(e)y startups the world over–what to sell before your own product is ready. They’ve already got their own gin on the market, but for whisky lovers, there’s something more fiery: Prometheus 26.
It’s a 26-year-old peated Speyside sourced from an undisclosed distillery, matured in first-fill sherry casks. They’ve released just 3,000 bottles, including 1,000 to North America and 1,100 to Europe.
So how is it? Marvelous. The nose has a gorgeous, symphonic richness to it. I got dry vanilla cake, dense sherry fruits–figs, prunes, dried cherries, and more–and buttery malt in beautiful harmony. I just wanted to nose it all day long.
On the palate, weight, spice, fire, though little peat. Heavy tannins take a bit of time and a drop of water to integrate. When they do, the sour notes meld with the spice and mild sweetness beautifully. Long finish with burnt sugar, oak spice, and dark-roast coffee.
Prometheus was the Greek God who brought fire to mortals. An ambitious name, but one hell of a dram. Hard to find and priced to make a statement, but big rewards for whoever gets a taste. Sláinte, friends! – BO
*A company representative kindly provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% out own.