Singlemalting #230 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 4 – Burnside Blended Malt 7 yo

G’day everyone and welcome to day 4.

Today we secretly knock off another distillery from my list. I have a map in my office (needs a bit of updating) and I have been slowly highlighting any distillery that we have included in our calendar editions.

Some of them are going to prove to be very elusive as their owners seldom if ever allow an independently bottled barrel. This is where teaspooned casks can come to the rescue. For those of you not familiar with the practice, teaspooning is the act of dropping in a teaspoon of a different single malt into a barrel and thus creating a blended malt. For all intents and purposes it does nothing to change the flavor of the whisky but it is now no longer categorised as a single malt. From what we have seen, many of these casks are noted on the manifest as blended malt but the physical act of teaspooning the cask never happens. Anyway cloak and dagger stuff.

Today we have a pretty recognisable distillery that was opened in 1893. A Speyside distillery near Dufftown it sits as one of the iconic Scotch Whisky brands around the world. Their 12 year old expression was recently named in the top 50 whiskies by Mens Journal. Enough hints? Here is a slightly blurry photo of the distillery to help you out just a bit. Anyway even though we can’t actually name it, I’m highlighting it on my Secret Spirits Scotland map of featured Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Distilleries just the same.

Name that distillery?

Secret Spirits Burnside 7 year old blended malt – Sherry Cask – 46.1% abv – non chill filtered

Colour:        Golden sunset

Nose:           Cinnamon and Raisin tart. Hints of bitter chocolate and caramel fudge.

Palate:        Some chocolate orange comes into play with the slight bitterness and caramel edge coating everything.

Finish:       Really warming for only just over 46% a lovely lighter dram that plays over the palate with really nice balance. The lingering semi-sweet chocolate on the finish is delicious.

Anyone care to guess now that you have had a taste? Hehehe this just makes the adventure even more fun and is pretty much like doing a blind tasting. Hope you have enjoyed this secret dram.

Last edition on day 4 we had the Secret Spirits Glen Moray 9 year old Bourbon Cask. One of the range of full bottles that we just released in October this year. There still might be a few left.

Tomorrow we are heading to the Islands and diving into something on the heavier side for all of you peated whisky lovers out there.

Don’t forget to go check out our guests at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US.

See you all tomorrow and keep on enjoying your whisky adventures wherever they may take you.

Cheers

Jonathan

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