Tasting the Tweeddale blend batch #3
Every time a new batch of Tweeddale blend is out it’s a reason to be merry. It is one of the nicest, yummiest blends out there, done with care, and simply a belter of a blend. Forget all those boring JWs and mass marketed blends, it’s nothing of the sort. You do not believe me? try one.
So batch #3 is upon us, and after tasting Batch #2 and Batch #1 Tasting #3 was inevitable right? Batches in this case do vary quite a bit and i was wondering how would #3 turn out. As for cask used for the blending:
The grain used here is from the same distillery as batch 1 & 2 but it has been matured for 18 years in two refill sherry butts this time, while The core malt is also the same but 15 years old in this release.Seven of the other malts (Highland, Speyside & Islay) are drawn from the same casks as batch 1 & 2, forming the backbone and top dressing of The Tweeddale, and this one is bottled without any artificial coloring.
Nose: Lovely warming sherry notes, mixed with apple and pear drops and malty goodness, some zingy ginger and a bit of lemony touch on the edges (thing lemongrass), giving way to more biscuity notes, some maltiness and grain goodness.
Palate: Warm wood, malt, with apple crumble, wood spices,bits of dark chocolate, and raisins.
Finish: Medium long, chocolate, fruity (grape, sultana) and malty with creamy finish.
in one word: a belter. This is a true fine example how a really good blend should taste like. Great work by Alasdair.
Official sample provided by The Tweeddale