New Town Blends – The Surgeons Ball (46%, Edinburgh Whisky, 2016)

New Town Blends – The Surgeons Ball

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.
  • Category: Blended malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £40.85
  • Origin: n/a
  • Vintage: Undisclosed

Image courtesy of Master of Malt

What they say

A peaty expression from Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.’s New Town Blends series, titled The Surgeons Ball. Featuring hearty helpings of smoky Highland malts, this blended malt will be a tasty treat for chilly evenings…

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

  • Nose: BBQ’d burnt ends, toasted sugar, Eccles cakes and a hint of charred oak.
  • Palate: Orange peel and vanilla ice-cream, earthy smoke and melted chocolate.
  • Finish: Hints of peat go on and on…

What I say

Produced by Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. this The Surgeons Ball expression is a blend of Highland malt whiskies.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Pale rose gold (3/20), quick, medium tears and long fine legs.
  • Nose: Barley malt, toffee, peat, lactic & young, new make, toffee, vanilla, very voltaile aromas shifting, peat, mossy, slightly phenolic, boiled cabbage, dry salty beef / coastal and meaty?
  • Taste: Light bodied, vanilla, cream, peat, germolene, dentist office, disinfectant, phenol, slightly green, mossy, lichen, green banana, pear, barley grist, oily and buttery eventually.
  • Finish: Shorter than expected, vanilla, barley than vaporous peaty influence with cereals present.


A bit of a Jekyll & Hyde (apt?) dram, quite mobile on the palate but generally pleasing. Doesn’t hide its youth very well.

Score 77/100

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