Whisky Review – Bally delicious blended malt.

Bally delicious blended malt.
23 year old. Single cask.
54%

£59.95 from Master of Malt

Colour. Light amber.

Nose.

Strong pepper and spice. Baked apple. Cinnamon. Complex oak spice. Not much in the way of smoke. Orange peel. Marmalade. Sat in the glass for 10-15 minutes. Rich oak coming through and citrus peel. Some floral. A very complex and compelling nose.

Palate.

Hot pepper. Spicy. Then fruit in the development. With chilli heat. Complex fruits. Exotic even. Pineapple. Oily mouthfeel coats everywhere. Very chewable.

Finish.

Drying spices and oak influence. Vanilla. Old style chewy fruit sweets. Fruit salads that’s it. Some peach long after tasting and subsequent drinking of water! Nice and warming going down.

Adding water?

It’s quite high abv so adding a few drops into my half a dram. Nose becomes increasingly floral. Still has the complexity of the wood spices. But lacking some of the fruitiness. Some Parma violets coming through now. Lesson heat but still has a chilli bite. There’s more sugary elements and less of the fruit seen before. Sweet shops. The finish has a little more mustiness and saltiness.

Conclusion.

A cracking deal this. Good age gives damn good complexities and that means its a great sipping dram to explore. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Thanks to MoM – Review sample provided by Master of Malt

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Whisky Review – St. Isidore

St. Isidore.
NAS.
41.4%.

£59.95 from Master of Malt

Colour. Gold.

Nose.

Intense and busy. Seaside coastal. Smokey brine. Something sherried in the background. Left in the glass for 10-15 mins I find it gets less intensive with more fruit coming through. Some creamed plummy jam. Bananas. Smoke and saltiness subsided but in background. It’s as if the fruit/smoke intensity swaps place with time. Creamy toffee sweets.

Palate.

Oily warmth. Fruit and cream compote. Some summer berries. Black pepper. Toffee caramel.

Finish.

Medium. Rich fruit Toffee chews. Ends with smokey spiced wood chips.

Adding water?

A small drop into the last half of my dram. More coastal smoke becomes evident in the nose revitalising the original assessment. Some more buttery notes are apparent also. Palate is better integrated with the lesser alcohol. A creamier texture and very chewable. The finish is smoother and better balanced. Personal opinion. A little water in this dram goes a long way.

Conclusion.

A very special blend indeed. Has a lot going for it. Some good complexities and variations makes it both an easygoing dram but also one to challenge the senses with.

Thanks to MoM for review sample of St. Isidore

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Whisky Review – Boxes Blend

Boxes blend.
NAS.
40.9%

£55.95 from Master of Malt

Colour. Gold.

Nose.

Light and spicy with some peat smoke hanging around. Toffied Bananas.

Palate.

Creamy, some nice oils to the mouthfeel, easy, fruity development moving onto grass and hay.

Finish.

Short-medium and dry. Very dry hay/straw. With some warming oak spice.

Adding water.

Added a tiny drop. Nose opens a little providing more fruit variation. A definitely more creamy nose with toffee apples overriding the previous banana notes. Peat smoke subsides with that drop of water. Palate is less oily and feels more integrated with less definition in the development. Finish is drier and more grassy. Personally would I add water. No. I prefer the layered oily nature of the undiluted dram.

Thanks to MoM – Review sample provided by Master of Malt

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