Once again, Billy Abbott from The Whisky Exchange has penned a little Christmas ditty:-
And bright festive lights
A whisky that’s perfect
For long winter nights
So pour for yourself
And others invite
To all a good whisky
And all a good night
This is an exclusive Christmas Malt for 2019, distilled and bottled in Speyside, having matured for 10 years in ex-bourbon and sherry-casks, triggering the wonderful flavours of Christmas with a core of fruit and festive spice.
The Whisky Exchange has kindly sent me a sample to try (Thanks @WhiskyExchange!).
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – The Whisky Exchange Christmas Malt 2019 (54.2%)
Distilled at Linkwood distillery
Aged in bourbon and sherry casks for 10 years
2696 70cl bottles available
Colour: Pale straw, crisp and clear.
Nose: Lovely whiffs of Sherry which get more intense as time passes. Banana, apples and white oak. Rich fruit cake and black treacle. Little wisps of orange and furniture polish.
Palate: Tingly, tongue-dancing sherbet sweetness. Rich Christmas cake and caramel. Creamy butterscotch, little Xmas tangerines (the kind you always get at Crimbo time!)
Finish: Peppery, chilli spice. Fiery – like a log fire – but don’t get too close!
The sweetness dampens the heat and stays right through the finish which is quite long.
Overall: The addition of water takes a lot of heat off producing a smoother, thinner dram.
Quite a handful this one, especially on Christmas day. Very morish so be careful how much you ‘sample’ or you might just burn the dinner – or maybe it won’t get cooked at all!
Merry (Early) Christmas!