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Whisky Works Quartermaster 11 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (46.4%, OB, 2134 Bottles, 2020)

Whisky Works Quartermaster 11 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46.4%
  • Age: 11 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, 2134 Bottles
  • Category: Blended scotch whisky
  • Cost: £75
  • Origin: n/a
  • Vintage: undeclared

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What they say

A MODERN WHISKY EXPERIMENT BY THE WHISKY WORKS

Four transatlantic elements come together in a unique flavour odyssey.

Highland Grain and Speyside Malts come together in a Blended Scotch with influences from Caribbean rum casks, Spanish Sherry butts and American White Oak barrels.

The Highland grain whisky was matured in ex-rum barrels, lending it a sweet spice, before a portion received a further finish in Pedro-Ximénez sherry casks, adding more rich flavours.

Two Speyside malts were married with the grain – one matured in America white oak, the other in sherry butts. The twin malts complement each other and the fruity grain perfectly – a masterful blend by our Whisky Maker, Gregg Glass.

The resulting whisky has a fresh, vibrant character, with notes of almonds, rum-steeped peaches, ginger, coffee, and dried fruit. Just 2,134 individually numbered bottles of this 11 year old blend exist, each of which is non-chill filtered and has natural in colour.

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour: Golden.
  • Nose: Fruity, ripe, rum-steeped peaches with notes of ground ginger and coffee.
  • Taste: Nutty and earthy almonds balanced with notes of sweet dried dates, raisins and orange peel.

What I say

Sampled as part of Whyte & Mackay’s Sherried Winter Warmers. This blend from the Whisky Works takes a combination of malts and grain with four different cask maturations (hence the Quartermaster name).

This post was sponsored by Whyte & Mackay by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark orange gold (13/20), medium tears, slightly finer legs.
  • Nose: Fruity raisins, toffee and chocolate, orange oil, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, malty barley and heather honey.
  • Taste: Medium bodied and slightly polished/thin on the palate perhaps revealing the grain content, rum & raisin and chocolate fudge, raisin fruit, nutty almond and macadamia nut, toffee, stikcy toffee pudding with dates, mocha coffee and milk chocolate.
  • Finish: Medium-long, orange and ginger marmalade, spiced latte and chocolate coated coffee beans.

Overall

Richly flavoured, a touch thin and slightly over-spiced on the palate though I couldn’t really decide if this was oak tannins or too much grain whisky presence – perhaps an indication of all that cask maturation going on in here.

Score 82/100

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