Homeblend #8: The Meady Blues

by Matti

Sometimes everything just works. You have an idea which seems decent, you act on it and the result is better than even you expected. You find yourself baffled by this thing you have created. It is no longer a collection of parts, it has become a truly new thing. It is… alive. ALIVE! It is one such Frankensteinish moment I wish to share with you today.

Far from a monster, The Meady Blues is actually quite heavenly (which is why I named it after the famed Norse nectar of the gods). It began as an idea: what if I could combine the best parts of two previous blends: the beeswax and honey from ‘The Dealish‘, an already excellent blend, and the liquorice and fruity flavours from ‘Isle of Ardmore‘, a less successful attempt.

Vatted.net whisky homeblend 'The Meady Blues', containing Clynelish 14yo, Arran 10yo, Elijah Craig 12yo and Deanston Virgin Oak.

To achieve this, I used a base of Arran 10yo, to which a moderate amount of Clynelish and Deanston was added (you’ll recognize those as the components of ‘The Dealish’). These two should add some vanilla sweetness as well as a soft mouthfeel (mainly from the Clynelish, as the Deanston is actually quite fizzy by itself). To top it all off and add a little more fruityness the last 10% is Elijah Craig bourbon. This blend was married for a week before tasting.

In the glass, this blend has a glorious golden colour which bodes well for the flavours (but of course is ultimately meaningless due to the use of caramel colouring in some of the component malts). It sure looks like I want it to taste though.

The start is promising: sweet vanilla and oranges lead the way in a nose that is very creamy and soft. After a little while hints of marzipan and lemon appear. The taste continues the fruity theme started in the nose, only sweeter and more lush. Mildly oaky vanilla makes an encore appearance and hints of liquorice and honey appear, as well as some white pepper. Throughout, the mouthfeel is soft and slightly waxy. The finish stays mouth-watering for a long time with a very long lingering taste of honey and again the feel of beeswax.

All in all, this has come together wonderfully. It is by far the most integrated, new taste I have featured on this blog and I wouldn’t hesitate to put this in a nosing and tasting alongside single malts.

Blend score: 4 Drams, Very Good

Have you tried this blend, or maybe you have a personal favourite homeblend? Let me know through the comments, twitter or the contact page and I’ll feature it in a future review.