Here’s something that you’ve probably never even considered. When royalty is coronated, there is usually a commemorative spirit, wine or even occasionally beer that is crafted for the occasion. As it so happens, K5 (named after the mountain) was made for HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck of Bhutan when he ascended the throne at the age of 26 in 2006. The whisky is not made in the Himalayas, but rather in Scotland. A blend of 8 and a 12-year-old malt whiskies are married, aged and brought to proof at 9,000 feet in the Himalayas.
Interestingly, the king’s father who served before him introduced the concept of G.D.H. or “Gross Domestic Happiness” in 1972. His thinking was that a country’s happiness is more important than its financial wealth. As such, K5 is produced by Bhutan’s Army Welfare Project who give profits to pay army pensions, provide loans, and finance scholarships. Now, that’s worth raising a glass!
K5 Premium Spirit Whisky (80 proof)
Visual: Quite pale gold.
Nose: Heathery, faintly smokey, pleasantly malty and delicate. Just the faintest hint of salinity.
Taste: Fruity, floral and lightly sweet at the outset, then a light smokiness graces the palate, which fades quickly. At the tail end there is a crisp, almost cider-like finish.
Finish: Short, dry and easy.
Overall: A feminine and easily approachable whisky that needs no water, ice or chilling. This is the kind of whisky you can enjoy over brunch or a light meal.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: K5 Whisky