So, Uncle Duke’s is a whisky that I’ve been excited about for a long time. Not because it’s the first release from BrewDog spirits division, but because it’s the creation of one of my best friends, Steven Kersley.
Although the barrels for this were laid down well before Steven took up his role as Brewdog head of spirits creation, and the whisky itself has been distilled by an unmade distillery, it’s his expert nose and palate which have created the first in an exciting range of spirits from Scotland’s top craft beer producer. This has been a long journey and it’s great to see the fruits of his labour finally hitting the shelves.
Right, that’s enough gushing and there’ll be plenty more on Lone Wolf later in the year, so let’s get down to business.
Inspired by the writings of American author Hunter S. Thompson, as well as his love of bourbon, Uncle Duke’s is positioned as a transatlantic hybrid – a Scotch which thinks it’s a bourbon. This has been done by ageing single grain Scotch whisky for just three years in American virgin oak; essentially turbocharging the maturation process.
Despite its young age, the new wood means Uncle Duke’s is packed full of flavour. The nose has a honey sweetness to it, with the wood also giving it plenty of vanilla notes. Both the nose and the palate are full of fruit, especially bananas, orange and pineapples in syrup, with the honey turning to sticky toffee on the palate. The finish is long, with a sweetness that lingers on the palate.
Uncle Duke’s does exactly what it says on the tin, by bringing together the best that the worlds of Scotch whisky and bourbon have to offer. An easy sipper, I can also see this being a favourite in many whisky and bourbon-based cocktails.
Uncle’s Dukes is available exclusively in BrewDog pubs, as well as via the company’s website.
Disclaimer: although Steven is a good friend, the same rules apply – if it’s not good enough, it doesn’t make it onto the blog.