This night I took part in yet another twitter tasting. This time the subjects were some blends. But not just blends. The line- up started with the Ale cask, but ended with a 25 year old Blended whisky (which contains Ladyburn). All whisky’s are at 40% ABV (I think), glasses used are Libbey Tasting Glasses.
The first one is the Ale cask finished blend. While pouring the dram you instantly will get a beer type of smell (hoppy). On the nose there is a lot of cereal and grainy notes, accompanied by a little sweetness and grassy notes, but also some metal notes (simple grain whisky). But there is also a very strange off-note in the nose as well. The taste isn’t much better; again that strange odd off note keeps ruining the taste. Beside that it is quite soft and very malty with a lot of bitterness. The finish is very bitter, woody and malty. For the first time I really really dislike a whisky. Not a good start of the evening. Points 45 prices around GBP 16.
12 years old:
Nose is immediate a lot better. Richer, darker and more mature. Nice hints of vanilla, a little bit of hay accompanied with a somewhat sweeter type of smoke and a hint of orangemarmelade, with a waxy honeyed sweetness. Taste is very delicate and feels lost, light sweetness with some tannins and nutty, earthy flavours (actually I did get something as a dried Shi taki Mushroom style of taste). Also a little spicy hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The finish is extreme short and watery, it ruins some of the quite nice tastes. It could definitely use a higher ABV. Points 60 prices around GBP 28
18 years old:
Colour is somewhat red-ish and the nose gives quite a fortified winey influence (it is finish on port casks). A lot of fruitiness especially red fruits with grapes, prunes and figs. Excellent evolving complex nose. The taste is again quite winey which I like a lot, the same fruits as before evolve greatly, accompanied with a nice touch of peat smoke and dark orange filled chocolate. Just a little touch of tannins and other wood influences. The Finish is quite warming, mature and just a little bit spicy. Will do great as a after dinner dram for accompanying some dark chocolate of a good piece of older Dutch cheeses. This is an excellent blend and a excellent port cask finish: Points 83 prices around GBP 45
25 year old (contains Ladyburn):
Very rich and mature nose. Quite a lot of peach on the nose, accompanied by sherry notes (dried grapes, nuts and a slight hint of pipe tobacco). Keeps evolving and will need some time. The taste is very warming and nutty, but also nicely creamy with a little bit of ginger spiciness in it. Also some dried fruits (figs/prunes) are playing in the background. The finish is quite long and warming with a slight hint of red orange and ginger, but in a more mellowed way than on the taste. Very nice blend, but just a little bit less than the 18yo: Points 80 prices around a GBP 160
A very nice tasting but again I didn’t like the low end blends and the Ale Cask…… The older ones however are very great and could easily compete with some nice malts, but honestly… giving the approx. Prices I would go for a single malt and not for a blend, although the 18 year old is very tempting.