TLBP #3: ‘Use the Force, Sherry’

by Matti

The Living Bottle Project is slowly picking up steam. In the last iteration we ended up just a tad too much peat, as expected. This one, then, is all about bringing balance back to the Force. To this end I have chosen from among the ranks of sherried whiskies (I’ve checked, the ingredients say nothing about Midi-chlorians, but I guess it’ll have to do. Those of you who get that reference, congratulations, you are just about as nerdy as I am. Those who do not get it, you lead blessed lives). This is partly because I would like to get some of that sherried nature from the first version back and partly because I know the sweetness will counteract the overwhelming pepperiness and mellow the blend out. So, without further ado, here is:

The Living Bottle Project: Iteration 3

Glenfarclas 10yo
Caol Ila 12yo
Aberlour 10yo
Isle of Arran 10yo

The Nose starts of fruity once more, with oranges and peaches. Then the smell of liquorice turns up accompanied by hints of malt and hay, sour sherry and finally… peat.

The Taste opens with vanilla and slightly bitter raisins, then transitions into the more peat-related flavours: boggy soil and smoke. The sweeter flavours keep the upper hand right up to the end though.

The Finish is sweet, still with the vanilla but now drying. It ends on a very subtle raisin/sherry note.

Soooo… what’s next?

I’ll tell you what’s next: more fun with whisky. But specifically, the Glenfarclas has done its job, reducing the peat levels to where they no longer dominate the vatted malt. I’d like to bring back a little of the spicyness though, and also introduce yet another type of flavour: citrus. Check in soon to see which malt will be the Chosen.