"This was a great experience during the tasting, but the nose is difficult to open"
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The Blended Whisky Company is dedicated to construct exclusive blended whisky, including the 50-year-old Half-Century Blend, The Golden Age Blend made of whiskies from the 1960s and 70s, and The Lost Distilleries Blend. The latter reached already the 10th batch, which contains single malts from the closed distilleries Caperdonich, Imperial (Speyside), Brora, Glen Mhor and Glenlochy (Highlands), Rosebank (Lowlands), and Port Ellen (Islay). In addition, some temporary experimental malts from closed or still existing distilleries have been included which are Mosstowie (Miltonduff), Glenisla (Glen Keith) and Craigduff (Strathisla). Finally, grain from Port Dundas was added. This remarkable blend series has picked multiple awards including best blend at the World Whisky Awards in 2014. What can we expect? What I can say beforehand is that this will be my first encounter with most of these distilleries, if I ever even heard of them, and moreover this will certainly be the most expensive whisky I have tasted so far (by far). Lucky me, that I was able to taste it in the Whisky Advent tweet tasting. A mysterious black-labeled bottle that has indeed an ancient appearance from the days of coal dusted sweat on hard-working men and secret unwritten methods. Truthful spirit, how else can it be, since who would dare to mess with the colour of such precious liquids.
Nothing to happening at first. It stays quiet and closed. What can be found is leaning predominantly on wood influence with vanilla, saw dust and ginger. This needs some time to revive. Fifteen minutes later I find some apple skin, chocolate covered pears and gingerbread. I might even consider a crowbar to open this up any further. Although I get some notes of pine juice, barbecued meat, as it finally gains speed now. Later one olive oil butter, artichoke, dusty carpet, egg nog, and lemon curd. I am glad that I gave it some time, since we have now reached a considerable level of complexity.
The palate is something completely different. Buzzing all around with light, fruity, vegetal notes. There is straw, cereals, hints of leather, lots of candle wax, and a hint of peat. Oh this is very interesting. Freshly shaved oak, hint of varnish, some metals, are we in a carpenter’s workplace? A slightly peppery edge on the finish. Jalapeños, oh the heat is getting my tongue… followed by a sweet desert wine. Interesting. Flowers in a vase, lettuce, violets, beeswax, honey, complex toffee, I can go on and on! A distant hint of peat, orchard fruits, very juicy and fragrant. Ok, I’ll stop now.
This was a great experience and typically a sample for which you would buy the a whisky advent calendar. Well constructed blend that felt very old-school (although I do not really know yet what old-school should be like, something to work on this year?). The whole bottle is quite expensive though, so I will keep the sample in my memory.
Many thanks to for the sample (part of the Drinks By The Dram Whisky Advent Calendar Tweet Tasting)!
• these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •