The Lakes, The One Moscatel Cask Finished – The Whisky Nest

The Whisky Nest Review – The Lakes, The One Moscatel Cask Finished

*The following sample was gifted to us by The Whisky Nest*

A slightly different review from us this week, as the lovely people at The Whisky Nest reached out to us a few weeks ago to experience and review their subscription! We opted to try The Lakes, The One Moscatel Cask Finished – as it’s no secret that one-half of The Dram Duo is a sucker for a wine-finish!

How it works

Each month subscribers receive 100ml of a single whisky. To put that in to context – most other subscriptions send you between 10ml to 30ml of a number of different whiskies. You also get access to live tastings, provided with serving suggestions, and of course there is a member store too!

The thinking behind a larger sample is that you can enjoy the whisky across multiple sittings, and in more than one way. The recommended serving suggestions from The Whisky Nest were …

  1. Drink it neat
  2. Drink it long – a Moscatel Highball
  3. The Bob Roy – The Whisky Nest’s version of a classic cocktail

We opted to enjoy a neat dram each, and also asked Ed (@edgarnermix) a London Cocktail Club manager (and also one of our brothers!) for a recipe. He suggested his ‘Strawberry Smash’ … more on that later.

Tasting notes

The Lakes, The One Moscatel Cask Finished
Blended Whisky – 46.6%

Nose: honey, grass and flower gardens, fresh English summer berries, vanilla, raisins, muscavado brown sugar and a fresh winter air notes
Palate: honey and berries with cream, lots of citrus oil notes and very smooth on the palate
Finish: oaky spices, lots of fruit again from the nose and palate, a wonderfully smooth finish

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Strawberry Smash
by @edgarnermix

Very fresh and smooth perfect for a Summers day or BBQ, lots of fruity notes from the strawberries in the recipe but the whisky is still the star of the show. The citrus notes of The One Moscatel Cask Finished cut through the sweetness with the floral elements complementing the mint leaves.

This recipe paired really well with the sweetness of the wine finish, and we can see it also complimenting sherry matured, and port finished whiskies. For a more Autumnal twist we would recommend finding a PX peated whisky!

Final thoughts

The Whisky Nest is definitely a different type of whisky subscription. It feels well placed for those that are already quite familiar with the spirit and are looking for different ways to enjoy whisky. At £14 a month it’s not a bank breaker either – so experimenting with your sample (and potentially getting it wrong!) won’t be quite as heartbreaking as it could be!

If you’re into whisky subscriptions, this is definitely one to consider adding to your roster for something a bit different each month.

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