A Fine New Christmas Malt for 2018!
When snug in your house,
Or, carefully wrapped,
‘Neath the tree for your spouse.
A Christmas Malt
That’s been selected with care,
From a Speyside distillery,
Though we can’t tell you where.
A Speyside single malt Scotch whisky that captures the essence of Christmas with “rich buttery spice and sticky cherries, hints of holly-wreath leafiness and Christmas-tree pine.”
It has been matured for 17 years in oloroso sherry butts, creating a whisky packed with festive flavour. There are only 1800 bottles available and a 70cl. bottle is priced at £74.95.
The Whisky Exchange has kindly sent me a sample to try (Thanks Whisky Exchange!).
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – The Whisky Exchange Christmas malt (58.7%)
Colour: Satisfying sherry with a hint of port redness.
Nose: Sweet, caramel toffee, red apple and oranges. There’s stewed fruits mixing with sweet spice. As it develops aromas of port with a hint of lemon (sounds like a classic 70’s drink!) and fudgy vanilla come through.
Palate: A mighty kick of peppery, spicy plum pudding with added notes of sweet sherry. Hints of apple and creamy chocolate help balance the 58.7% spicy whoomph!
Finish: The formidable spiciness sustains all the way through this dram married with a tasty porty sweetness that ends in a tanin dryness.
Overall: A heart-warming dram. Perfect for fireside contemplation after sweeping up wrapping paper debris and searching fruitlessly high and low for “.. those extra batteries we bought …!”