As most of you already know I love a good blended malt which is a combination of various Single Malts. One of the most misunderstood categories in the world of Scotch Whisky. Combine the right malts and you can find yourself with something much more interesting than just bottling them as Single Malts.
This is the first blended malt that I tasted from the guys at Ainneamh and knowing it was time in our journey for a decent sherry bomb this whisky really fit the bill.
Ainneamh 12 Year Old Blended Malt Sherry Cask – 40% ABV and aged entirely in Pedro-Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks.
Colour: Tinges of red from a painters brush after cleaning between strokes.
Nose: Rich fruitcake and sherry notes with an interesting medicinal note. Could there be Islay malt in here? lets find out.
Palate: Definitely some underpinning of peat here, drying berry fruits and that medicinal iodine coming back again. I have to think that a good portion of the malt involved was Islay for sure along with some rich Speyside company.
Finish: Great balancing act here between fruit and earth. Loving the lingering citrus that kicks in over the top. Seems to be much more on the palate than the 40% ABV. Non chill filtered despite the low number this whisky retains all of its palate coating oily character.
Good work Ainneamh I will definitely contemplate more malty goodness combos from you in the future.
On day 7 in the 3rd edition we had the truly incredible Samaroli Allt a Bhainne that was an absolute winner with many calendar owners.
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Tomorrow we head back to A.D. Rattray for a distillery bottling never before seen in any addition. Really excited whenever we pop a brand new distillery into the mix and no doubt coming from the skilled bottlers at A.D. Rattray it will be worth the wait.
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