Blended Malt Whisky ‘Very Old’ (Whisky-Fässle)
A Blended Malt Whisky ‘Very Old’ is on the reviewing block today. This particular one is bottled by Whisky-Fässle, but we’ve seen quite a few of these Very Old or XO blended malts released in the last year or so. The Whisky Agency and Sansibar (also German bottlers, probably no coincidence) have done quite a few.
Anyway, I’ve no idea which whiskies were used for this blended malt. Same for the age. Then what do I know? Well, this whisky has matured in a sherry butt.
Blended Malt Whisky ‘Very Old’ (45,4%, Whisky-Fässle, 2016)
Nose: Slightly musty and dusty with tea leaves, straw and cinnamon. A whiff of ripe red apple, some brown sugar and the lightest touch of soy and menthol. Delicious.
Taste: Mildly drying with leather, tobacco and menthol, some lovely gentle spices (pepper, cloves) and a nice dustiness. A tiny bit of furniture polish and just enough earl grey tea.
Finish: Gentle spices, tannins and menthol. Medium in length.
Not the most complex or rich, but an old school style that’s very rare and simply very tasty. Good stuff!
Sample provided by Whisky-Fässle
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.