Blended Malt 1993 23 Years Old (Phil & Simon Thompson)
You all know the Thompson brothers, right? If you don’t, maybe read this and then come back to this post. Finished? Welcome back and let’s continue!
While their own whisky still has some years of maturing to go, the Thompson brothers have released a few whiskies under their own label, including a Glenrothes, an Arran and a old Invergordon. They also picked this Blended Malt from a sherry hogshead, with a respectable age.
I’ve no idea which distilleries contributed to this malt, but does that really matter? I don’t think so. As long as it’s any good…
Blended Malt 1993 23 Years Old (53,6%, Phil & Simon Thompson, C#17)
Nose: Fresh, fruity and vibrant. There’s apricots and ripe strawberries here, as well as raspberries. Some soft notes of vanilla custard, accompanied by even softer notes of honey. Very enjoyable.
Taste: More youthful and robust, with some roasted peanuts and an array of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and even a little ginger. It does have soft notes of citrus, raspberry and honey, although they are part of the minority here.
Finish: Lingering spices and hints of raspberry.
Loved the nose, and while the palate is not exactly elegant, not even after 23 years of aging, you shouldn’t let that scare you away. This is highly quaffable stuff!
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.