The final bottling in the Edinburgh Whisky New Town Collection series of blended malts eschews the peated influence of the other two expressions for the use of some Spanish sherry casks. There’s not a great deal to say about the composition – it’s designed for those who “Scotch whisky” and “sherry” are likely about as descriptive as is required. It’s aged 10 years, bottled at 46% ABV and available as of writing for the Christmas-focused price of £27.30 from Edinburgh Whisky.
Nose: Honey spread thickly over griddled waffles is joined by a stack of fluffy pancakes. Crème caramel sits with dried fruit slices, whilst chocolate bon bons are sweetened by digestive biscuits and glace cherries. Dilution offers hazelnuts and vanilla buttercream with wispy notes of golden tobacco leaves.
Taste: A soft arrival which still possesses pleasant syrupy viscosity – particularly after the initial mouth entry. Raisins and sultanas lead off with dulce de leche, chocolate sponge and well-fruited cake in support. Gingernut biscuits and richly sherried red berries arrive in the mid-palate before perky, but restrained cinnamon spicing and chamois leather add broader nuance. Reduction presents a transposition to syrupy stone fruits as opposed to berries – apricots served with vanilla cream – together with more of the cask in the form of tingling char.
Finish: Medium with lingering fruitiness and perky cinnamon and ginger spices.
In a year with little rhyme or reason to it – here I am favouring the unpeated, sherried expression over the other two smoke-focussed expressions in the same series. But this is a well-earned first place – The Inventors Inspiration, whilst not an outright bomb is a well-composed, sherry-forward blend that offers notable balance throughout. There are no miss-steps here. And whilst complexity levels are not high, nor are their any left-field eureka moments – what’s here works pretty nicely indeed. Solid stuff. You could do a lot worse than this – especially for £27.
Review sample sent on behalf of Edinburgh Whisky.