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Single malt whisky from Adnams! Having scooped up the IWSC Gin Trophy in 2013, the renowned beer producer has since added whisky as another string to their bow (it's a bow with lots of strings). Matured for 4 years virgin French oak, capable of influencing the spirit more quickly, this is a unique English whisky.
Nose: Oak, bubblegum, apricot, moving onto vanilla, butterscotch, still quite fruity. After adding a drop of water there’s kirsch and, yep, runny honey. Red and black cherries develop alongside a hint of red chilli and, increasingly, red rope liquorice.
Palate: Pepper and more bubblegum, white orchard fruit notes and blueberry, hint of cookie dough.
Finish: More sweeties, a little spicy caramel and the cracked outsides of Smarties (but not the chocolate bit - that's to be found in the Triple Grain!), fruitiness lingers too.
Overall: A unique and tasty young English single malt whisky.
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Excellent single malt, smooth with overnotes of vanilla
24th April 2017
Ive been drinking malt and blended whisky for 30 years, Scottish, Irish, Japanese and English as well as American Burbons. However whilst I appreciate that this a young whisky I find it undrinkable, its very unpleasant.
4th February 2017
Really good single malt great taste and smooth,
7th April 2016
As a collector, this Single Malt just adds to the experience - and not a particularly bad one at that seeing as it's only 3 years and a day. Given this is an ongoing journey - for us all - I'm inclined to give this a chance and give the previous reviews a body swerve and continue with my own findings. As with many Whiskies I've had, I've revisited some and been astounded at how different and positively better they taste second/third time around - gotta be a mood thing I guess. I'd like to suggest the previous reviewers give it a chance a write up again sometime....
3rd April 2016
Some interesting reviews by perhaps some novice whisky drinkers, yes young but not insipid as described some of ridiculous reviews below... If you have an Adnams shop local to you it's well worth going in because they'll do you a free tasting and talk you through their first go at a small batch English whisky :)Very smooth for what it is with some honey and apricot undetones, quite straightforward without the complexity of other 10-12 yr old malts.Looking forward to 5-10 yr old releases!
10th February 2016
I was looking forward to this as I really liked the Broadside spirit, but there was a drink that wasn't pretending to be something else. The single malt is disappointing, I appreciate it's still a young drink and may improve, and it needs to. I drink for pleasure and am no expert, whilst this is still drinkable it tastes more like an aged Jenever (Filliers 12yo for example) than a single malt. Worth a go, but not worth the price. RRTT
18th August 2015
Tastes like mildew on a shower curtain that's been soaked in bleach.
1st April 2015
Not bad for a young one although nothing special. Some what suspicious of the motives of the really vitriolic reviewers.
28th January 2015
For such a young whisky I don't think it is as bad as the other reviews indicate. Not my first choice, but an interesting, chocolatey flavour with a general tone of something much older. However, its price is far too high.Given the excellent spirits being produced at Southwold, I will be interested in keeping an eye on future releases as the barrels age.
28th October 2014
Tried this couldn't get past the first sip, on the nose it was disgusting, don't buy...even a blend is more palatable.
3rd September 2014
I really wanted to like this, I really did. I am a big fan of Adnams' beers, spirits and other wares. I have waited patiently for the No 1 Single Malt, but I never envisaged being so disappointed as I am with this whisky. It is deeply unpleasant.If was asked to describe its taste and nose, it would overwhelmingly industrial, like a varnish used on a cheap kitchen worktop. It is acrid. It has no depth. Your money is far better spent on something with more substance over style.
21st January 2014
I'm no expert, but I've tasted around 50 single malts, and I like to think I'm discerning about my whisky, my beer and my wine. I received this as a Christmas gift, and to say that it has left a foul taste in my mouth is putting it literally. I would describe this as surgical spirit with a touch of oil of cloves and a dash of Teachers to make it taste not entirely unlike whisky. It's without doubt the most disgusting form of alcohol I have ever tasted. I've tasted ethyl alcohol and surgical spirit (for a bet) and this stuff isn't much better. If you are a real connoisseur, have a nice selection of whiskies in the cupboard, feel adventurous and fancy something very different and challenging - go ahead. For the more mainstream whisky fancier - steer well clear...
10th December 2013