Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies differently from me.
On the 26th July 2017 I took part in the third of a series of blind tastings run by Brian who runs the Malt Musings blog. The idea was simple, five of us select 3 whiskies each and send samples to each other – each of our samples are given a letter to represent us and a number to represent where in the tasting they will be used. We then taste through the samples live on Twitter and try to guess what they are. It’s a great test of your tasting abilities but also really enjoyable to try something without any pre-conceptions based on origin, abv etc.
To read a review of the first blind tasting you can go to Brian’s post here. Our next live tasting will be taking place later this year – stay tuned for more information.
Sweet and fruity – Christmas cake, dried fruit, treacle and cinnamon.
As with the nose it’s still very sweet and fruity. Oak, apples and pears, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg and brown sugar.
More oak on the finish and hazlenut – again sweet fruity notes come through with time.
A sweet and fruity delight but with enough spice and oak thrown in to make sure it’s not too much. It will set you back around £80 a bottle however which for me is a little too much – I guess with a bottle from Macallan, even a NAS you pay a certain amount just for the name though.
Taken from the Macallan website:
Treacle, ginger, toffee apples and rich fruits. Layers of vanilla open into tropical fruits and subtle green wood.
Warm with spice as cracked black pepper and cloves join with hints of chocolate, brown sugar, oak and nuts. Finally, liquorice and brandy snaps come through.
Full, slow, warm and wonderfully viscous.