Blended Malt… generally this implies completely different distilleries, generally it’s only a means of disguising a single malt by including a teaspoon of one thing else. Typically they’re supposed to be younger and low-cost, generally they’re a pleasant means of eliminating very outdated leftovers.
Whisky-Fässle bottled a collection of blended malts over time. We’ll take a look at 4 bottlings in the present day. Two are younger each day drams, one is a 1993 classic, one is an 18 year-old though that’s most likely only a pretext.
Superb Blended Speyside Malt 12 yo ‘Orange Label’ (44,4%, Whisky-Fässle 2021, 50cl)
Nostril: fairly basic Speyside nostril on all issues oranges, with poached pears, candy malt and porridge within the background. Apples and melons. I additionally detect a delicate sherry affect, with earthy spice, honeyed notes, glazed chestnuts, dried flowers and a touch of tarte tatin.
Mouth: fruity muesli, plummy notes, extra golden apples, later additionally toffee and hints of raisins. Toasted cereals coated with caramel. Spices come out after some time, primarily clove and pepper. Too unhealthy for this barely boring malty core.
End: medium lengthy, nonetheless malty, with spicy notes, some grassy hints and a lingering sweetness.
Made to be an easy-drinking each day dram, I assume. It goes in several instructions and has this malty-toffee mixture that I discover reasonably uninteresting. Blended emotions. Nonetheless obtainable from Whisky-Fässle.
Superb Blended Malt Whisky 18 yo 2001 (45,6%, Whisky-Fässle 2020, sherry butt)
Nostril: a wonderful sherry profile, with outdated type touches. Fruit cake, pink apples, walnuts, pink berries and leathery notes. Then chocolate seems, with shoe polish and a few black tea. Airing makes it much more fragrant, with polished oak and extra distinguished berries.
Mouth: tobacco and leafy notes at first, adopted by a tart woody observe, contemporary herbs and caramelized nuts. Darkish chocolate, a bit of ginger and leather-based. It’s pretty dry, with a coastal sharpness within the background.
End: medium lengthy, on fruit tea, marmalade and wooden spice.
I’ve heard that a part of this mix is means older than 18 years, even way back to the Seventies. I can think about that is true, there’s a sure leanness and natural sherry character that hints at a lot older whisky. Very fascinating. Rating: 89/100
Superb Blended Islay Malt ‘Blue Label’ (46%, Whisky-Fässle 2021)
Nostril: a reasonably uncooked Islay profile. Concrete, moist gravel and chalked cellars. Grassy smoke, seashells and antiseptics. Some lemon peels and brine.
Mouth: fairly younger but surprisingly delicate, however there’s a pleasant heat to it. Olive brine, black pepper, with a barely rubbery peatiness. Oysters. Then lemony notes and refined sugar water earlier than it turns in the direction of cigarette smoke and tar. A touch of darkish roasted mocha comes out in the long run.
End: actually lengthy, with cedar wooden, mocha, pepper and cloves.
I feel this might have benefited from a few additional levels, however aside from that it’s a balanced, warming Islay dram. Cardplayers whisky. Nonetheless obtainable from Whisky-Fässle or Whiskybase as an illustration. Rating: 86/100
Superb Blended Malt Whisky 24 yo 1993 (54,3%, Whisky-Fässle 2018, sherry hogshead)
Nostril: very refined, with clear sherry. Oranges and orange peels, plummy notes and berries, raisins and a touch of acidity and rancio that jogs my memory of cognac. Then polished oak and tobacco. Refined gingerbread and Demerara sugar.
Mouth: once more a barely cognac-like profile. Seville oranges, positive berries, bitter cherry and a touch of pink grapefruits. Mild peppery notes, in addition to some clove and nutmeg. At all times sufficient sweetness to steadiness the drier aspect. Getting darker after some time, with a espresso contact and drying natural notes.
End: medium lengthy, on drying tea, mint and bitter berries.
The fruity magnificence and cognac-like rancio make this a particular dram. A bit of dry at instances, however nonetheless I discover this beautiful wonderful. Lengthy gone. Rating: 90/100