In case you were wondering what has changed as in casks selection : single grain whisky is 15 years old from a sherry butt. Seven of the eight single malts are from the same casks as batch 1 but a year older 12 years old to 21 years old. One of the malts in batch 2 is 14 years old from a different cask. as before the blend contains a high ratio of Single malt :50% single grain and 50% malt.
Nose : starts off with fresh citrus , some grassy notes. Followed by much sweeter notes of malt and honeyed nectar., with dried fruit and sherry Palate: certainly continues the sweeter nose but on a heavier scale. Some smoke and sultanas with chocolate praline. Sherry influence here is more evident than the first batch. Big bodied and mouth coating. Lovely stuff. Finish : bitter chocolate, nuts and cocoa powder covered sultanas. Long and Comforting.
This is a great blend, one of the best i’ve had recently. Well made, great sherry profile, and complex. I wanted another dram right away! if that’s not a test for a great dram, what is? Better than batch #1 by a few points in my opinion. Good work Alasdair! You made your Grandfather proud! Who said blends can not be awesome?