The Hive uses a signature malt from Speyside, giving citrus and honeyed top notes. For Spice King, the signature malt we use is from the Highlands and Islands, to produce a whisky with rich, full and spicy top notes. Peat Chimney uses an Islay signature malt to give top notes of sweet smoke, salt and peat.
Bottled at 46% alcohol strength and non-chill filtered, the new no age statement whiskies are robust and full of flavour like their aged counterparts yet offer a different take on the taste profiles. Three new ways for you to explore the whisky regions of Scotland. The range has 8 and 12 year old age expressions bottled at 40% to create smooth and rounded whiskies.From the nose I get a creamy salty note mixed with fresh fruits. This makes you sigh deeply and think you are standing on a coastal shore with the wind in your hair. Rich vanilla, chocolate and toffee coming forward together with a slight meaty and smoky note. Rich and heavy red fruit and blackcurrant jams combined with some thyme.
It has a warm, fruity and sweet palate where I can find lush forrest fruit notes, red pepper and soft peat. The notes from the nose come back lovely and make you want more. Different kind of fruits come by in my mind tasting this one. From warm red apples, banana, cherries to the more tropical ones like mango and pomegranate. Balanced dram with a medium length finish. Has a sweet fruity feel to it, with a bit liquerish dry after taste. But even with the bit dryness the fruit and honey comes to the top every time, lovely easy sipping whisky that I score an 8 out of 10.