Review – The Golden Age Blended Whisky
Some say that the golden age of distilling was in the 1960’s and 1970’s; a time from which some revered whiskies arose. In a move that might be considered equally brave and mad, The Blended Whisky Company has thrown together (probably with greater care than the term implies) a selection of malts aged for over 40 years. The precise recipe is being kept under wraps, but with representations from Macallan, Glenrothes, Tamdhu and Bunnahabhain sitting alongside a ‘well-aged’ grain whisky.
Nose: Fruity, with fresh pineapple, young corn, sherbet, dates, chewy toffee sweets, and a good smattering of sherry. A little floral note peeks in at the end, tinged with mint and pipe tobacco. Pretty much like granddads living room, only non-nearly as dusty. Indeed this is remarkably fresh and lively.
Neat: Rounded initially with fig rolls, half-baked cookie dough, and a glance of barley. Progressing to spiced old sherry, tobacco, oily rich fruitcake, and a peculiar hint of prawn purri. Roasted pineapple together with a touch of sloe and resinous cork complete a complex, layered and considerably wholesome whisky. One to bring something new each time, and yet pleasingly approachable with it.
The Golden Age Blended Whisky is does justice to its venerable ingredients. But cheap it is not.
The Golden Age Blended Whisky is available to buy from Master of Malt
★: Terrible, only drink for a dare.
★★: Meh, not undrinkable but best left alone.
★★★: Reasonable, middle of the road.
★★★★: Tasty stuff, well worth seeking out.
★★★★★: Incredible, booze doesn’t get better than this. You need a bottle in your life.