The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 11 (52.3%, The Blended Whisky Company, 2018)
- Category: Blended scotch whisky
- Origin: Undisclosed closed distilleries
- Bottling: The Blended Whisky Company
- ABV: 52.3%
- Cost: £350
What they say
The Blended Whisky Company’s exceptional blended Scotch whisky created exclusively with malt and grain whiskies from distilleries that have shut their doors has arrived at its 10th batch. As ever, stocks both rare and sought-after by whisky collectors and cognoscenti alike have made their way into the Lost Distilleries Blend – this time featuring whisky from Caperdonich, Rosebank, Imperial, Mosstowie, Glen Mhor, Glenisla, Glenlochy, Craigduff, Port Ellen and Brora, alongside grain from Port Dundas. A marvel of blending and a fine tribute to those gone but not forgotten greats.
Batch 10 is a release of 1,041 bottles.
Official tasting notes (Batch 10):
- Nose: Aromas of chocolate-covered coffee beans, marzipan and vanilla cream unfold amongst a complex blend of polished oak, liquorice tea, aniseed, and a touch of toffee apple.
- Palate: A very sweet palate opens up with notes of soft, warm raisins dotted through sticky-toffee pudding, vanilla ice-cream and a crumbling, buttery fudge. Sharp green apple builds, with a touch of smoke and rich oak tempering the sweetness.
- Finish: Long and incredibly full, the lusciously creamy texture is tempered with a bite of charred oak warmth.
What I say
Door #1 of the Drinks by the dram Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar.
Kicking off of our #WhiskyAdvent with a blend made from entirely closed or lost distilleries.
Produced by the Blended Whisky Company, this blend of unrepeatable stocks has reached its 11th batch.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Full amber gold (10/20), slow, medium-fine tears leave rare, fine legs.
- Nose: Ripe orange citrus fruits, oak wood, masses of vanilla essence or fresh vanilla pods, latte coffee, poached apples and pears in white or dessert wine a light dusting of icing sugar.
- Taste: Full-bodied, thick with woody sugars, vanilla, rich toffee, more poached apple and pear, caramel sauce, zesty ginger and cinnamon spice builds with drying oak wood.
- Finish: Long, sweet and a little drying, mildly herbal and woody, rosemary and green tea, barrel char and faint wispy smoke.
A lovely blend that smacks of aged stock and I wouldn’t have been surprised if this was blended (or even single) malt. Quite a complex dram but that is unsurprising considering choice of components has been arrived at by availability and status (i.e. closed distillery). Perhaps a little zesty and spirity in places but here this adds character whereas other blends would smooth this out and diminish the tasting experience (in my opinion).
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