The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition

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.

#WhiskyAdvent Day 2 The exceptional blend 1st edition

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.

Score 81/100

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