Another great value blended whisky from Thompson Bros in Dornoch.
To create this blend and tackle to increasingly difficult challenge of releasing reasonably priced whisky, they started with 3 hogsheads of very nice, very sherried, reasonably matured blended scotch whisky, to that they added 2 barrels of 11 year old, bourbon matured Speyside whisky. Then came 20.8% of the blend made up with 1994 Strathclyde aged grain whisky, from a refill barrel. It’s all too often assumed that the grain component in blends is young and flavourless, but here the team at Thompson Bros have gone for a complex aged grain to round out this release.
The final touch was a blended malt aged in ex Campervan beer, and before that Australian Shiraz, cask. This added a little funk and some leafy savoury notes.
Official Tasting Notes:
NOSE: Pear drops. Pastis, Wite Grapes, Hops, Galia Melon, Toffe popcorn, Fresh Parseley, Hay Bales, Bay Leaf, Honeycomb (brittle), Flumps, White miso paste, and Nightshade (tomato plant)
PALATE: Toffee brittle, Caramelised malt, Almond nougat, Strawberry, Wild herbs, Orange marmalade, Lemon cough sweets, Oak spice, Cloves, Charred peaches.
Finish: Orange Bitters, Clove Oil, Ginger Roots and gentle Salinity.
45.7% / 70cl