The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition (43%, Sutcliffe & Son, 2018)
- Category: Blended scotch whisky
- Origin: Undisclosed distilleries
- Bottling: Sutcliffe & Son
- ABV: 43%
- Cost: £82.58
What they say
A cracking first fill Oloroso finished blended whisky from Sutcliffe & Son featuring North British, Strathclyde, Cameronbridge, Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis, Allt-á-Bhainne, Auchroisk, Glenallachie, Westport, Speyside, Macallan and more!
Official tasting notes:
- Nose: Nutty Oloroso and toffee’d grain goodness, toffee brittle, some zesty marmalade. Stuffing notes then develop – sage, parsley, savoury doughy notes – with caramel never too far away. Good stuff.
- Palate: Light toffee notes, soon becoming honeyed with honeycomb, white pepper and a touch of strawberry.
- Finish: Scones and echoes of that fruit from the palate.
- Overall: Well put together and enjoyable with notes reminiscent of a fine Auchroisk.
What I say
Door #2 of the Drinks by the dram Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar.
Day 2 and another blended scotch whisky, this time from Sutcliffe & Son, the 1st Edition of The Exceptional Blend.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Old Sauternes gold (11/20), medium-large tears and straight, fine legs
- Nose: Sherry fruits, musty and dusty, nutty almonds, hazelnut, pecan pie, toffee, malted barley, yeasty, doughy bread, brioche.
- Taste: Strawberry and white chocolate, woodland honey, caramel sauce, very dessert like, strawberry meringues with chantilly cream.
- Finish: Medium-short, a little dry oak and zesty spice, dried citrus peels and a hint of chocolate.
A heavily-sherry influenced blend which may draw more from the casks than it does its component parts, I guess as with any blend it is hard to tell. Very well put together, a lot lighter and more summer fruits on the palate than the nose suggests which is a pleasant surprise. Very drinkable.
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