Review: Adelphi Private Reserve Blended Whisky
Category: Blended scotch whisky
Origin: Adelphi Distillery (blending house)
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.
What I say:
Sampled during one of the WOLS tastings
Dark amber gold (11/20), medium-sized droplet tears and medium legs
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
Grainy (i.e. grain whisky), cereal, popcorn, fruity strawberries and cream, toffee and nut brittle, salt caramel and peat embers/wood smoke
Relatively short and quite peaty
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?