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.
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.
As the name suggests this is heavily peated. Bottled at 46% Vol., our Rich Peat Edition has been created from a selection of Highland malts. This whisky oozes peat like the welcoming smoke from the chimney of an old farmhouse in the Highlands, which is followed by a subtle fruity sweetness akin to toffee apples and dark chocolate. The peat is smoky rather than medicinal.
Big Peat is a remarkable marriage of Malt Whiskies only from the island of Islay. He is, of course, proudly without colouring or chill-filtration and bottled at high alcohol strength (46%), resulting in a naturally oily spirit that promises an incredible mouth-feel. With Caol Ila spirit bringing sweetness, Bowmore the perfect balance, Ardbeg the medicinal, earthy quality and Port Ellen, a degree of elegance, Big Peat represents all that is Islay in a bottle. Fred Laing tells us that of course, there are a couple of Blender’s Secrets in Big Peat too – but even after a few drams, he won’t share that info – and so it remains our peaty little secret!
This 21 year blended Scotch whisky is produced by the owners of the Springbank Distillery, J & A Mitchell & Sons. It’s comprised of a 60:40 blend of grain and malt whiskies. The grain is sourced from Girvan, a major grain distillery owned by William Grant in the Scottish Lowlands just on the other side of the Isle of Arran from Campbeltown. J & A Mitchell gives no details about the malt component, other than to say that it is the product of a single distillery. Bottled at 46% ABV.
A blend of XO quality Calvados from Domaine Drouin blended with malt whisky from Scotland. Once again Compass Box has gone off the board and we are all now closing our eyes and imagining what flavors this cross could possibly produce. Baked apple, clove, vanilla are just for starters.
Some may call it sacrilege, but we thought the addition of one year old ‘sacrificial spirit’ would be the perfect component to use in our limited edition blend to celebrate ten years of collaboration with our good friends at the package design company Stranger & Stranger.
We had been calling this one year old ‘sacrificial spirit’ because we didn’t know what it would be like after a year in these crazy new barrels. Turned out, it was amazing, filled with intense wood spice and exotic shades of vanilla character.
The showstopper. The Compass Box team was posting pictures from Museums recently, and now we know why. John Glaser puts it this way “Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement in the Andrea del Verrochio painting “Tobias & The Angel.” We love the symbolism of the naïve boy with the divine angel. It mirrors the frank peatiness of old pre-1985 Caol Ila with the ethereal character of old pre-1995 Clynelish, which makes any whisky, especially this one…magical.” Tobias is bottled at a cask strength of 47.6% and comes in a bespoke gift box.
The debate over the best release ever of Compass Box will probably always be a heated one, but the conversation just got a lot more interesting. Compass Box has arguably never done something this ambitious, and this whisky is likely to open doors to customers that in the past might have looked past their whiskies. As is often the case with Compass Box, the age and distilleries of these ingredients compares favourably with the rest of the market. Truly, how much 25YO Clynelish and 34YO Caol Ila is there out there?
In this 2018 edition, we have reintroduced a subtle sherry-cask influence that adds an additional layer of complexity and richness. A medium smoky-peaty base is enriched by a sweet maltiness and notes of baking spices and dried fruit. It’s a whisky to enjoy late into the night, perfect served neat or paired with rich cheeses.
In this, our first release, 48% of the whiskies have been aged in ex-Sherry casks and 25% in ex-Spanish red wine casks. We may change the type of casks from year to year based on availability and experimentation, but Spanish casks – either Sherry wine casks or Sherry-style wine casks – will always play the key role. John Glaser — Founder & Whisky maker
A bonfire-like smokiness on the nose with a peatiness that is by turns tarry and medicinal with hints of autumn leaves. A powerful smokiness and peatiness follow, accented by hints of ripe cherries, plums and spice.
Presented in a very nice modern bottle and a very smart box, Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Platinum release is a fine blended scotch much loved by whisky drinkers. The nose is sweet and rich with notes of cherry, vanilla, toffee, caramel and even some baked rhubarb crumble. A pleasant palate of sweet and warm malt, cereal and oats leads onto a long finish with dark chocolate. Sublime.