The third annual release from Adelphi’s Ardnamurchan distillery. A blend of spirits between 1 and 3 years of age, on their way to becoming single malt Scotch whisky. It has been matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez ex-sherry casks.
1 of only 568 bottles from Refill Sherry Cask drawn from an active, 1st fill Spanish oak ex-Sherry Butt. A deep mahogany colour, with mellow nose feel, not as dry as its predecessor. Bruised apple, tinned pear, and burnt caramel – toffee apple? Oloroso sherry, sweet tobacco, so leather. Develops into vanilla toffee (Werthers Originals; Chocolate Eclairs) with a drop of water. A sweet, burnt toffee taste, then immediately bitter saccharine. Water introduces chocolate and cocoa powder, reduces the other tastes and gives a light menthol aftertaste.
The 1st fill ex-Sherry butt maturation has given this whisky a fantastic colour of old oak with a medium bead. On the nose sparklers by a beach bonfire on Guy Fawkes night; a meat pie accompanied with a hot cup of Bovril. There are also nuances of cheese rind in the background. On the palate: rockpools, gunpowder, hot sand, borage honey and ginger. Finishes malty with a hint of ginger.
Batch 6 of Adelphi’s annual blended malt consists of Highland Park, Bunnahabhain, Tamdhu and Glenrothes. The combination was transferred to sherry butts fourteen years ago and topped up with an eight year old sherry cask release from Glenrothes (hence the younger age statement). Bottled in 2018 non chill filtered and with no added colour. 1500 bottles world wide.
Notes From Adelphi… Nose: smoked meat with warm toast, butter and heather honey. Palate: dark cherries with white peaches and kiwi compote finished with some Nutella. Finish: rich and round. 46% Alc./Vol.
On the nose: Sweet, with Strawberry chewitts, caramel/butterscotch and bubble gum. Also, leafy and floral, like a bunch of daffodils. Sweet, and although a little ‘grainy’ there is plenty of malt character too. Strawberry bubble gum. A great value blend that is a perfect session dram to keep in the cabinet. An everyday dram for the single malt drinker.
The Adelphi The Winter Queen is the newest bottling of Adelphi and Fusion Whiskey. It is the successor of The Glover, Kincardine and E & K, all combinations of Scotch and Japanese or Indian whiskey. The Winter Queen is a wedding of a bourbon barrel Longmorn, a few liters of Glenrothes sherry cask and two Oloroso sherry hogsheads Millstone (Zuidam). A special marriage between Scottish and Dutch whiskey that produces a true sherry bomb. A limited release of 866 bottles bottled at cask strength of 52.7%, non chill filtered and without the addition of dyes.
“Despite the nose, the immediate sensation is one of being caressed by molassed sugar and then a ratching up of the peat notes. As they get more forceful, so the experience becomes that little bit drier and spicier, though not without the molasses refusing to give way” Amrut
The anCnoc 12 year old is renowned the world over. Known as a must-have in any whisky drinker’s collection, it’s light and yet complex. Smooth yet challenging. And each twist and turn delivers a surprise. In fact, this is a dram that has something for everyone.
AnCnoc 18 Year Old has been matured in a combination of oloroso sherry and bourbon casks, all of which were second-fill barrels. An aromatic and sweet Highlander.
The first vintage from the 21st century in the AnCnoc range from Knockdhu distillery, this 2000 vintage has been bottled at 46% without colouring or chill-filtration. AnCnoc Vintage 2000 has matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry butts and American oak ex-bourbon barrels and has been bottled in its most natural form, neither chill-filtered nor coloured.
anCnoc Vintage 2001 has matured in Spanish and American oak casks and has been bottled in its most natural form neither chill-filtered nor coloured and as a result this dram may develop a light haze with the addition of water or if kept at a cold temperature. This haze is a natural characteristic of whisky that is non chill-filtered.
This mature expression is bright amber in appearance and bursting with notes of spicy Christmas cake, liquorice and toffee, closely followed by a spiced vanilla aroma and the citrusy finish anCnoc is known for. To taste, there is the sweetness of chocolate perfectly contrasted with orange zest and a hint of leather, leaving drinkers with a long warming finish.
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