Turning 50, looking 30, feeling 20
Posted 06 July 2017 / In Blend
Blended Scotch Whisky Batch 5 - Aged 50 Years
Bottler: That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Review number 50 - this mini-milestone has come around much quicker than I'd thought. But, 50 deserves a celebration nonetheless, so what better dram to take a look at than a 50 year old from independent bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
Nose: Gooey treacle and more than a dash of lacquered wood polish. Then, think of a bowl of Kellogg's Special K Red Berries mixed with Coco Shreddies and you're in the right ballpark. Plenty of other cereals at play here also - some seemingly charred and burnt, others fresh and farmyard.
Taste: Undoubtable treacle again. Chocolate and malty notes rather akin to Ovaltine (I'm bouncing off well-known brands today it seems). Shoe polish and creosote underlie the fairly ancient age of this well balanced blend. Pepper, star anise and a lick of salt provide some bite to what is a fairly serious and compact body. Farmyard cereals continue and are supported by a touch of countryside herbalness and delicate mint.
Finish: Medium length with a perfect level of astringency. Oak spicing, particularly pepper complete the experience.
A whisky worth taking some time over. Literally. Allow this old boy a little time in the glass to relax and decompress a touch (it's been in a cask for a very long time after all). Your patience will be rewarded with a blend that is grain heavy, but not totally dominant, well-balanced and dangerously drinkable. A menagerie of breakfast cereals (you'll probably think of other brands to mine) and deep treacle/chocolate notes admirably demonstrate the juxtaposition of grain and malt for the half Century they've spent together in a cask.
A perfect dram to be our 50th tasting note. Onwards, to 100! Thanks for joining us on our journey so far. Sláinte!
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