Product Review: Wishky Subscription Service

It seems we have a subscription service for just about everything. 

Booze, make up, food, baking, books, comics, geekery, you name it, someone has thought of it. And it makes me kind of surprised that it’s actually taken us this long.

I mean, who doesn’t like getting a treat in the post? Even better it’s a surprise – even if you’ve bought the subscription and know it’s coming, in all likelihood (if you’re like me) you’ve forgotten about it until you get that email notification or knock on your door.

It’s the easiest way to treat yourself. Or a loved one – especially if they have a hobby and you genuinely don’t know where to start when deciding on a gift for them. 

Take whisky for example. With so many to choose from, it’s almost impossible to know where to start. So many countries now producing great tasting whiskies – from traditional Scotland to Japan and Taiwan. If you’re a novice it could be so easy to get lost in an array of countries, styles, flavours and be baffled by the difference between whisky and whiskey. 

So it’s so much easier to let the experts to the hard work for you. And that’s where Wishky comes in. 

 

 

The idea is as simple as you’d expect. Subscribe (to a trio, or a quartet) for one, three or six months. So three or four whiskies, once a month, for as long, or short as you like. Along with other similar services (such as Gin Explorer) it’s a recurring payment, so it’s flexible, meaning you can cancel at any point, and return to the service when you can. Perfect for if you’re saving up for something, going away for a while, or just need to play catch up for a bit.

 

 

My box was a trio, arriving neatly and securely packaged, with my little welcome pack on top. 

Inside the envelope was a number of card detailing tasting notes, and a question. Did I dare?

Really did I? 

Blind tasting is a challenge, I was willing to accept and even as I write this, I’ve still not compared notes. So ahem here goes. 

 

Looking at the colours, I selected the lightest and headed in for a nose and a taste. 

Whisky 1 (954)

On the nose: Clear apple juice, sweet soft florals, lightly powdery.

Palate: Rich, sweet, soft, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Golden syrup, fruity finish. 

 

 

And from the official notes: 

Nose: Soft, very aromatic, hints of honey and lemon. 

Palate: Sweet to start, light yet complex, smooth yet challenging. Finish: A long smooth finish, something for everyone.

 

 

Whisky 2 (968)

On the nose: Gentle, grainy, soft. 

Palate: Sweet, definitely grainy, vanilla, tropical fruity, pineapple, peppery afternotes, pepper, cinnamon.

And from the official notes:

Nose: Slight on the nose, but undoubtedly rich, hints of dark fruits.

Palate: Sweet and creamy with butterscotch, honey and peppercorn coming through. Finish: Lingering ginger spices with a faint glimmer of almonds.

 

 

And finally, the darkest of the three. 

Whisky 3 (987)

On the nose: Savoury, herbal, peat.

Palate: Deeper, much more savoury and vanillin notes, honey, smokiness, a little cinnamon, but it’s gentle. Lingers.

 

And from the official notes:

Nose: An aromatic background of peatiness, dried fruit and pleasing nuttiness.

Palate: Full bodied with honey and caramel notes. Finish: A long smoky slightly perfumed finish. 

 

Was I successful? Truth is, everyone’s palate is different, so actually you’d have to taste for yourself to decide. But just in case you have them at home and fancy having a go yourself they were:

Ancnoc 12

Glendalough Double Barrel

Poit Dhubh 8

Overall? I love this little box. Not only is it opening the world of whisky to people in a very affordable manner (the trio box starts at £25, the quartet £34) and challenging you to use your palate, rather than relying on notes. Your palate is like a muscle, the more you use it, the more you pick out, so it’s a great way to learn.

I love that it’s flexible, that you get double measures for your money, and it comes so beautifully packaged it makes a great, letterbox friendly gift for anyone. Even yourself.

Now where was that Poit Dhubh again. I may need another sip.

 

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With thanks to Wishky for sending me the box to review. 

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