Towiemore Archivist (Lost Distillery Company)

Towiemore Archivist (Lost Distillery Company)

Today’s scotch is yet another blended malt from the Lost Distillery Company, who specialise in attempting to recreate the flavour profiles of extinct distilleries by blending existing distilleries. This time it’s Towiemore, a Speyside distillery which was located right near Glenfiddich, from 1898-1931. As usual, Lost Distillery Co are rather tight lipped about the profile they’re trying to achieve, and what they use to achieve it. Outside of this calendar it does not really inspire a wish to give them money.

This is part of a series of blind tastings from the “The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 5th Edition” advent calendar. I do not know what is in the calendar, so every one of these reviews is 100% no prior knowledge.

1. Macduff 2003 14yo (Single Cask Nation)
2. Wemyss Wooden Chest
3. Lost Distillery Company Auchnagie Classic
4. Glen Moray 2008 9yo #5764 (Secret Spirits)
5. Craigellachie 12yo 2006 Cask Strength (Secret Spirits)
6. Exclusive Malts Islay Sherry Cask (Laphroaig)
7. Adelphi Breath of Speyside 2006 (11yo)
8. Balmenach 2004 13yo (Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask)
9. Glen Moray 2007 10yo (A.D. Rattray)
10. Royal Brackla 2006 11yo (Secret Spirits)
11. Wemyss Delicious Burst
12. Lost Distillery Company Stratheden Classic
13. Auchinderom - Peated Glenglassaugh (Malt Whisky Company)
14. Knockdhu 2009 9yo (A.D. Rattray)
15. Caol Ila 2009 9yo (Secret Spirits)
16. Wemyss Nectar Grove
17. Glentauchers 2008 10yo (Secret Spirits)
18. Glenallachie 2009 9yo (Secret Spirits)
19. Williamson (Laphroaig) 2005 13yo (A.D. Rattray)
20. Stones of Stenness Orkney Aged 18yo (Single Cask Nation)
21. Inchgower 1995 21yo (Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask)
22. Towiemore Archivist (Lost Distillery Company)
23. North British 1988 30yo (A.D. Rattray)
24. Inchmurrin 1996 21yo (Secret Spirits)
25. Glen Grant 1988 30yo (A.D. Rattray)

Distiller: Undisclosed
Distilled: Undisclosed
Bottled: Undisclosed
ABV: 46%
Age: Undisclosed
Cask type: Undisclosed
Source: Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 5th Ed.
Setting: Blind

Nose: Dirty sherry, rubber bands, new leather, carpet, kumquat, sweet musty closet. Some meaty notes as well, but without the load of peat that I usually associate meatiness with. Seems to be some mild peat influence, but it is very much in the background here.
Palate: Round and polite, campfire on the beach. The punch of peat mellows to a fruitiness
Finish: …which sits on the tongue as a mango and coconut sorbet, slowly trailing to vanilla.
Overall: A very complex and interesting whisky, this. I love how many sides it has, opening with funk, mustiness with a background of peat, punching with the peat on the palate, and then relaxing into a beautiful beachside cocktail of mango and coconut. Fantastic stuff.
Rank: 7