Whisky Review – The Tweeddale Blend Batch 3


The Tweeddale blend batch 3 – 12 year old
46% ABV
Colouring free. Non-chill filtered
£36.63 from TheWhiskyBarrel

It is my understanding that the grain whisky in this blend is 18 years old. With the malts on the whole 15 years old, with the youngest at 12 years old.

Nose.

Gentle wisps of bonfire smoke. Creamy vanilla custard. Sweet grass. A little sherried fruits hiding about. Also some light crisp apple in the background. With time in the glass fruity lemon citrus notes come forward. Creamy vanilla fully in command with a fade to the smokey tinge. It’s a lovely complex nose, glorious.

Palate.

Creamy. Then pepper. Biscuity malt flies in. Creamy vanilla overtakes. Smooth custard stays with some sweetness of the grain coming through. A nice level of wood spice is present throughout. Very excellent balance to the palate overall.

Finish.

Medium to long. Creamy, light, drying with some oak spices. Lashings of creamy vanilla custard with a dash of toffee. Some light milky chocolate remains. Some time later the creamy oak spices are still on my palate. Lush.

Adding Water.

A dash added to my half dram. The nose exhibits more varied oak spices. Pepper. Still with the intensely creamy vanilla and honey. There are more green fruits in the aroma. The palate is less peppery, has more creamy fruit (apple pie with custard), and a greater smoothness. The finish is even creamier and mellow.

Conclusion.

I could describe this as complex, intriguing, requiring some serious time and investigation. Just the same as I could describe this as easy going, so smooth, moreish and easy drinking! Either way It’s a beautiful dram, which you can explore or just enjoy. High scorer with large enjoyment factor.

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Whisky Review – Cutty Sark (cask strength and carry on edition)

Cutty Sark (cask strength and carry on edition)
51.4% ABV
£34.95 at MasterOfMalt

This is the third release from the boys at caskstrength.net. I have to say thank you as I was one of the lucky two that won bottles of cutty sark in their draw! Thanks guys. I’ve been a follower of what they have been doing since absolutely bloody loving their ‘b’ release last year. The Benriach was absolutely cracking and I wish I bought more! Here’s looking forward to the ‘d’ release…coming soon?!?! I’m hoping Dalmore. But who knows! Lol.

Nose.

Wisps of smoke. Grain. Yeast. A little youth on the nose. Fresh green apples. Vanilla. A little honey in the backdrop.

Palate.

Sweet. Very sweet. Wasn’t expecting that. Mouthfeel is viscous and full. Alcohol nip kicks in and out. Then we have honey, vanilla, creamy custard notes. Quite smooth despite its higher ABV. Got some grain to it. But that isn’t a bad thing. We like grain here! It’s creamy and very enjoyable. Well, this is very easy to drink without water. But I think it may change.

Finish.

Short-medium. Youth! Young spirit. Vanilla. Very creamy. Warming and quick and wanting to get in for another sip!

Adding water.

Dollop into my dram. Minimal change in the nose. Palate is lighter on the mouthfeel. Sweeter. But has more to it in terms of honey, cream, vanilla. And general scrumminess.

Conclusion.

It’s a blend. And an easy one. Very tasty indeed. Grainier than your average dram. But that’s not a bad thing for variation if your a single malt type. It’s actually really creamy, light, easy, Friday night after a shit week at work type dram. One to toast the crap away with! In fact. Right now. For me. It’s bloody perfect!

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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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