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.
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.
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.
This rare Big Peat bottling carries only the finest selected gems of malt whiskies from the Isle of Islay, aged to an absolute minimum of 26 years. Its platinum covered livery reflects the appropriate rare metal to commemorate Douglas Laing’s 70th year since it was founded, in 1948.
The recipe for our second homage to Delilah’s was built around a small parcel of the original Compass Box Delilah’s blend released in 2013 – a luscious, American oak-aged whisky that we aged in cask for a further five years – with the addition of malt whisky aged in Spanish Sherry casks, also made of American oak.
The result is a delicious Scotch whisky with notes of vanilla and spice, and rich Sherry character.
For this Limited Edition,Tim asked us to create something “…bright, smooth, not smoky…an assemblage perhaps between 12 and 15 years-old…”. We’ve tried to give him all that an much more. This assemblage (we love Tim’s use of this wine word to describe whisky blending) comprises single malt whiskies from four distilleries, each bringing a distinctiveness to the whole.
You’ll find notes of barley sugar, pear drop and vanilla, complemented by an ethereal underlying herbal character. It’s a whisky to be enjoyed with great food and even better company. Compass Box
We’d long been working on a blend of single malts that combines seemingly dissonant flavour profiles, but together creates something compelling. We landed on a recipe that elicited a surprising range of reactions and descriptions, each person taking away something different from the whisky.
Rather than try to settle on whose perceptions were ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, we were inspired by the phenomenological school of thought to consider how different people experience the same phenomenon.
Following the Spice Tree recipe of 60% Clynelish, 20% Dailuaine, and 20% Teaninich, Extravaganza’s core was matured for more than four additional years in light/medium toast, refill, and heavy toast hybrid casks of American and French oak. Finally, sherry-matured Glen Ord, Benrinnes, and Allt-a-Bhainne were added to the mix. The elaborate process is typical of maverick blender John Glaser, but it’s his results that count. Flavors of peanut brittle, toasted coconut, and pale, light sherry translate into a delicious honeyed palate of caramelized sugar, red apple, and red berry fruit. Ginger and clove provide further rigor before a finish of incendiary spices. —Jonny McCormick #7 Top 20 Whisky Advocate 2017
You will find a spectrum of seaside and medicinal peatiness, along with kipper-like smokiness, all surrounding a core of fruity malt whisky character. THE PEAT MONSTER is a whisky for those who love intensity, flavour and freshness, balance and drinkability. A whisky for those who appreciate the blending of seemingly dissonant elements to create something sublime.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is incomparably rich and smoky, with velvety smooth breaking waves of powerful flavour.Created from hand-selected casks of some of the rarest and most exceptional whiskies, there is no sensory experience quite like Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Hazelnuts, honey, sherry and oranges tumble in first, before releasing hidden secrets like ginger, kumquats, sandalwood and dark chocolate. A rich honey sweetness emerges, accompanied by hints of pepper and dried fruits, before an impossibly long, lingering, smooth finish of perfectly balanced, soft smoke.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare is a rich, velvety smooth blend of eight treasured Scotch Whiskies including three “ghost” whiskies from the silent distilleries of Cambus, Pittyvaich and the Highland Single Malt, Brora, which lies at the heart of this special release bringing a deliciously light peatiness and sophisticated subtle sweetness.