Review: Westport 18 Years Old 1997 – The Vatting

Category: Blended malt scotch whisky

Origin: reportedly Westport is Glenmorangie with a teaspoon of Glen Moray

Bottling: Murray McDavid – The Vatting SIAR • PORT

ABV: 46%

Cost: £TBA

Score: 83/100

Murray McDavid - The Vatting - Westport 18yo 1997

What they say:

The Vatting

SIAR • PORT 1997 Autumn 2015

For this vatting a very famous highland single malt has been enriched with a smidgen of another equally famous malt to create an abundantly verbose dram, which, through maturation in a fresh sherry cask, loquaciously delivers to the nose bundles of soft fruits, banana and cinnamon, balanced by softer apples. Delicate ginger and savoury shortbread tarries in the perfume. The palate boldly communicates vanilla custard and burnt sugar, twinned with the subtle hints of citrus and warm apple pie, syrupy pears and a whispering finish of milk chocolate. This complex spirit engages the senses in the art of maturation.
Aged 18 Years
THE VATTING
  • Region Highland
  • Bottled October 2015
  • Wood Bourbon barrel
  • Finish Sherry butt
  • Batch# 1
LIMITED RELEASE
REF15/151
70cl/46%Vol
#MurrayMcDavid

What I say:

Sampled as part of the #MurrayMcDavid twitter tasting, again another first as I have not tried ‘Westport’ vatted malt before.

Colour:

Antique gold (7/20) quick large tears leave medium legs

Nose:

Fresh fruit market, cantoloupe melon, watermelon, creamy vanilla, icing sugar, white chocolate

Taste:

Vanilla custard, crème brulee, cereal barley, honey, a little lemon cream, zesty grapefruit, paint!, waxed apple

Finish:

Medium-short, fruity, crisp apple and pear juice, a little lemon zest and honey