Info: Blended whisky, containing spirit that’s all over 50 years old! Batch 1, 768 bottles, 45.5% abv.
Colour: Beautifully golden, autumnal rusty tints.
Nose: Old, bags of old… if you know what old whisky smells like then this is certainly it. It’s dry, fruity, nutty, gently woody, very slightly herbal… a whole mix of goodness for your nose to enjoy.
Palate: Fairly drying straight off, with spices which lead in to flavour filled greatness; old bourbon matured, coconut, mushey red apples, autumn leaves, gentle sweetness. It’s fairly thick, with some hints of old hessian.
Finish: Slow, long, spicy (leading to a slight tingle) and mouth watering (don’t often get that!)… the initial dryness on the palate doesn’t follow too much into the finish, good stuff.
Thoughts: The boys at The Blended Whisky Company really know their stuff, they get hold of great parcels of whisky and do an excellent job of marrying them together into what is an absolutely fabulous and luxurious old blended whisky. It’s kind of hard to keep reminding yourself (pinching yourself?) of just how old this whisky is; it’s made in the days of whisky production where “less efficient barley-strains, sprawling on-site floor maltings, inefficient brewer’s yeast, lengthy fermentation times, mucky direct-fired stills, bulky and inefficient worm-tub condensers and less active refill casks” were the norm.
Available: Master of Malt – £599.95.
Thanks to The Blended Whisky Company for the sample.
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