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Has anyone tried anything from Blackadder? They are an independent bottler that uses single casks, bottled at cask strength, and does not color or filter their scotch. From what I understand, they take pride in any deposits that come out of their bottles .
There is a bottle at a store I go to that I'm thinking about getting. It doesn't say what distillery they used, but it's heavily peated and matured in a Sauternes wine cask. I don't think I've ever heard of aging peated spirit in Sauturnes casks!!! I remember loving the Arran Sauturnes finish, so I'm definitely intrigued. I forget how old it is, but it's between 7 and 12 years.
Anyways, please let me know if any of you have tried Blackadder and what your thoughts were. It's $120 and a little on the high end of my budget.
Never tried Blackadder, I am in a Swedish whisky group on Facebook and people there seems to like Blackadder from what I have seen.
Heavily peated aged in Sauternes? The distillery that comes to my mind is Edradour brand Ballechin that has several releases in Sauternes casks. I also know that there have been Port Charlotte aged in Sauternes casks and I would love to try a peated whisky from one of these two distilleries,
So I bit the bullet and bought the bottle. To my surprise, this bottle isn't scotch, but English whisky from the English Whisky Company.
At over 63% abv and only seven years old, it's a BEAST!!! There is a large deposit of sediment at the bottom of the glass, but after reading the back, I wonder if they deliberately put it there for show; interesting, but the fact that it's forced makes it a little gimmicky.
After my first glass...
APPEARANCE: Dark amber. Surprisingly dark for a seven year old aged in Sauternes casks. I'm guessing that this is first fill from an older wine cask.
NOSE: Pungent, earthy, sultanas and honey...very sweet. More dirt than peat smoke. medicinal. It smells like I took a handful of raw honey straight from a bee hive, let it drip on wet leaves, stepped on it with an old dirty shoe, then sniffed it
PALATE: Intense. Starts off sweet and smokey, then a burst of lemons (the smoke is quickly fading), followed by more sweetness. Very mouthwatering. Apple skins at the end. Not too much spice. Of course, there is a fair amount of alcohol burn, but not as bad as I would have expected.
WITH WATER: Smoke quickly fades away. Personally, I didn't notice anything new, but the water obviously goes a long way to temper all the intensity. Three teaspoons seemed to work best for me.
All in all, this is an incredibly intense, flavorful, but disconnected whisky. I think it would be better if it was finished in Sauternes instead of matured.
I would LOVE to see @horst_s review a whisky from this independent bottler!!!
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