Adelphi

Adelphi Private Reserve Blended Whisky (40%, Adelphi, 2016)

Review: Adelphi Private Reserve Blended Whisky

Category: Blended scotch whisky

Origin: Adelphi Distillery (blending house)

Bottling: Adelphi

ABV: 40%

Cost: £20.95 from Master of Malt

Score: 77/100

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What they say:

This blended whisky was made at the Adelphi distillery, excitingly this new distillery will begin distilling their own whisky in 2013! This blend is made from 30% Highlands and Islay malt whisky and 70% grain whisky.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: The aroma is a pleasing fusion of salty peat and estery fruitiness. If you like your big fruits Speysiders and your peaty Islays this could be just your thing!

Palate: The palate takes on a coastal quality with an all-round nuttiness and a medium-body.

Finish: The finish is long with beach bonfire notes and some pear-drop flavours.

Overall: This blend takes the best of Scotland and fuses it into something new. A truly excellent blend.

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What I say:

Sampled during one of the WOLS tastings

Colour:

Dark amber gold (11/20), medium-sized droplet tears and medium legs

Nose:

Fruity, banana and strawberry and vanilla milkshakes all in one! some mid-sweet toffee and honey, cereal barley, nougat leads into wisps of briny peat smoke

Taste:

Grainy (i.e. grain whisky), cereal, popcorn, fruity strawberries and cream, toffee and nut brittle, salt caramel and peat embers/wood smoke

Finish:

Relatively short and quite peaty

Overall:

Interesting but not overly complex blend, this actually felt a little un-mixed or un-married suggestive of maybe 2 or 3 main flavour carrying malts that hadn’t integrated that well? Considering the pricing this is still a nice drinking blend, possibly better with a mixer? One to experiment and have some fun with perhaps?

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