Some of you will remember the Batch # 1 Shetland Reel from the 3rd edition calendar. It was a superbly put together blended malt by industry legend Stuart Nickerson. I just had to check out this years limited edition batch and see what he had in store for us.
Carefully chosen from distilleries all over the mainland the casks are shipped up to Unst in the northernmost island in the Shetland chain. There Stuart creates a unique combination of Single Malts and ages them together for another year before release. Stuart tells me that this batch has single malt from Islay, Speyside and the Highlands.
Shetland Reel Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – ABV 46% no caramel colouring or chill filtration
Colour: Pale Straw
Nose: Salty and sweet like salted caramel squares.
Palate: The salty caramel continues on with smoky undertones and hints of earthy rubber.
Finish: The peat base slowly asserts itself and my guess would be that Stuart included a fair amount of Islay in this combo. The sweetness of the salted caramel is more of a memory now but the briny hints remain. Feels bigger than 46% and really packs a punch. This is the boldest Shetland Reel batch yet.
Absolutely love good blended malt and would highly recommend that everyone try as many as they can get their lips on.
On day 13 in the 3rd edition we had the A.D. Rattray Auchroisk 25 Year Old.
Lets check out what Scotch Trooper is up to today. I hope you checked out his Christmas Tree yesterday. I personally think he is having way too much fun.
Tomorrow we are getting our older whisky geek going with an offering from A.D. Rattray with another distillery making it’s debut in any edition.
I look forward to your company tomorrow until then enjoy family and friends and all the amazing opportunities and blessings that you have.