Macallan batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) – Review

Macallan batch 3
That Whisky Boutique-y Company
50cl – £66.95 (Master of Malt)
43.4%

Nose

It’s got that Macallan character in a good way. Lots of toffee. Thick spicy fruitcake with rich dark fruity joy. Spices aloud, cinnamon dominating. With time sat in the glass I get more intensive fruit layering evident. It’s one that you can have sat for a long time, revisiting the nose, different every time, and just begging to be drank, but still has so much to give before hitting the tastebuds.

Palate

Surprisingly delicate. Scrummy plums and prunes hit first along with that lovely spicy fruitcake heaven. Spices meander around gently. Rich malt. There’s a creamy texture to the mouth feel which just makes my mouth salivate even more.

Finish

A medium long finish. Dry, leaving those dark fruits, some sawdust, a little mustiness (in a good way), and creamy leftovers.

Adding water?

I added minuscule water due to its already low strength. On the nose the fruit is toned down, but exposes more age, developing more oak notes and sawdust. Other fruits become forefront, with stewed apples and pears coming into play. Very complex. The palate increases the varied fruit compote and is a joy to explore. The finish is slightly lighter and creamier.

Personally I would be very sparing with adding water, but it is worth the trip. Just don’t drown it!

Conclusion

A relaxing, complicated, but easy and enjoyable experience. A loving dram. It embraces the soul and says your worth it! An adventure of an exploratory dram, well worth chilling out to. I’d love to know its actual age!

Would I buy it? I already have! Lol.

Available at Master of Malt
Also available as a dram for £6.32

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Elements of Islay – BW1

Elements of Islay. Bw1.
50cl – £54.95 approx.
52.9%

Nose

All of those familiar Islay notes are there. Hot peat, medicinal TCP. Soaking tarred ropes. Seashores. But then there’s the fruit lingering. Rich dark fruits. Sumptuously sitting. Waiting.

Palate

Woh! It’s hot. It burns. But it’s a nice burn! The sherried raisins and plump plumminess glows on first tasting. Then the sweet peat and grassy hay notes float in for a session.

Finish

It’s a long one! Drying. Fruity sherry ridden grass. I need more

Adding water?

Adding a drop of water softens the heat, but also softens the aromas, actually quite limiting the fruity elements. The nose becomes more traditionally Islay. On the palate it’s not as developing in the mouth with more of a merger of the fruit and grass/hay/peat. Before water it developed in the mouth very evidently. The finish, grassier with water.

Personal opinion. I preferred it with no water added.

Conclusion

Quite a luxurious and sumptuous dram. It’s one that you have to sigh out wheb nosing and accept the warmth to the core on tasting.

Soul enriching.

Bottle obtained from thewhiskyexchange.com

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