Christmas is here,
So let’s raise a glass
To those we hold dear
Wherever they are.
Good cheer, warm smiles,
The Spirit of Christmas,
from us to you.
– The Whisky Exchange
Fine words penned by the folks at The Whisky Exchange, even more relevant after such a year that no-one could ever have forseen.
So it’s nice to welcome what has now become a festive tradition, The Whisky Exchange Christmas Malt!
The Christmas Malt 2020 is a whisky that cannot be found anywhere else, this fine Christmas Malt has a delicious sherry-cask character that’s rich, dark and spicy but also allows fresh and fruity flavours to shine.
A whisky to inspire us to feel the spirit of Christmas this year – more so than any other year that the majority of us cares to remember.
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 Christmas Malt 2020 – 19 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (44.5%)
Colour: Medium sherry.
Nose: Powerful aroma of red apples, toffee, raisins and sultanas. There’s also sherbet sweetness to boot. The toffee caramel really takes hold later on.
Palate: Sweet apples, toffee, sherry with a little orange. Dark fruits and even darker chocolate.
Finish: Spicy, feisty, finish that’ll certainly wake you up! The finish ends with some tobacco dryness.
Overall: Once again, The Whisky Exchange haven’t let us down – a great Chrimbo dram – as long as you can leave it that long to drink it!