Gerston Classic Selection - The Lost Distillery
Gerston Classic Selection, NAS, 43 %
The Gerston Classic Selection is a new entry level expression. This is a blended malt, created to present what the company believes the Gerston Distillery would have produced had they still been around.
Gerston Distillery was started back in 1796 and closed down in 1882 due to loss of water supply.
Nose (21/25): Apples and pears on one side, and something a bit darker and slightly 'dirty' on the other side. There's an oily sensation with a sweet undertone. The 'dirtiness' can best be described as a mix of salt, ash, iodine and a few drops of thick and black engine oil. The 'dirtiness' is in no way overpowering, the fruitiness balances the nose very well.
Taste (21/25): Ashes, pepper and oranges. Quite dry, although it brings a tear to my eye. Dark chocolate, and an interesting (yeah, I know, not a popular term) grittiness - it is almost chewy.
Finish (21/25): A warm embrace of a finish. Medium long, not as dry now. The fruits are mixed with simple syrup and milk chocolate. Rich all the way. A touch of fresh licorice and wet iron right at the finish line.
Balance (21/25): This is a dram to enjoy when you are deep in your sofa enjoying the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
Sláinte! - Thomas