Founded in 2014, the Ardnamurchan distillery is already renowned for bottling sell-out editions of spirit too young to be called whisky. This latest version promises to be just as popular, not least because of its extra innovation: the bottle features a QR code that, using blockchain technology, links to a secure digital certificate and record of the bottle’s unique story.
Ardnamurchan Spirit 2017 AD is a mix of peated and unpeated spirits matured in sherry octaves, then married in ex-Pedro Ximénez casks for an extra four months. The resulting notes are of honey-roasted nuts, sultanas, baked apples, liquorice allsorts, rock salt and nutmeg.
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.
A pale amber colour with moderate beading. From a firstfill Sherry cask.
The top note is floral (moorland), on a base of soft vanilla fudge. Sticky!
Water dries out and sweetens the aroma, introducing boiled sweets. Smooth texture, slightly spritzich; sweet taste (more boiled sweets – lemon and pear), with drying in the short finish.
At reduced strength the taste is sticky toffee pudding, then dry and peppery. Liquid toffee in the development.
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 E&K is a combination of Scottish and Indian single malt from Ardmore (peated), Glenrothes (sherried) and Amrut. The Ardmore gives it peaty and sooty aromas whilst the Glenrothes brings sherry aromas and creamy sweetness. The Amrut tops it off with tropical fruit and spices. Since the Amrut is 5 years old that’s the official age statement of this whisky which is bottled at natural cask strength of 57,8% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour. A limited release of 825 bottles.
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.
Glenborrodale 5 continues Adelphi’s small batch blended malt range with Edrington base stock bought in – all matured in sherry butts from an early age – and then reinvigorated with a little extra, heavily sherried Glenrothes. This particular batch has more Speyside and less Island/Islay than batch 4, so a little more sherry, and less peat. 1050 bottles.
“A rich, honeyed profile with loads of vanilla pods and creamy cake. Also quite floral, mainly buttercups. There’s plenty of fruits: pineapple candy, pink grapefruit, banana, caramelized apples… Apple pie. Hints of sweet oak and barley sugar. Just excellent – it’s like a Speyside grandpa with the vivacity of a youngster.” Amrut
“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.