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Adnams Single Malt

(70cl, 43%)

Adnams Single Malt

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Adnams Single Malt Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Adnams Single Malt Reviews

I would give this a try before making judgments, enjoy it;)

Firstly I’m no expert, I just love whiskey, every week I try to drink a different one, mostly Scottish Malts, some mature, some just starting out, in my opinion this one was pretty good as a 3 year old when compared to other better known 3 year old whiskeys, now as a 5 year old it deserves it’s praise, I enjoy the flavour and look forward to trying any further mutations. I noticed a couple of very poor reviews on here, they must be the competition getting worried!

8th October 2019

Not good. Not horrible, but just wrong

It tastes fake. Like a vodka flavoured with artificial flavourings.
The worst thing is it doesn’t have that restorative warning feeling that is a given with a good whisky.

26th February 2019

Worth every penny

Smooth, delicious and at this price point can't be beaten.

8th November 2018


A superb chocolate nose with some cream notes. Tha taste is amazing with mocha, chocolate notes and a pleasant creamy cherry with cocoa finish.

4th September 2018

Great value & will buy again.

Amazing set of reviews,maybe they have improved in the last year or so it as difficult to explain such diverse opinions. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on wine , have WSET Level 3 and a considerable cellar. I have only been getting into whisky in the last two or three years, but my palate is reasonably good. One comment below says it might improve with age, but that is erroneous as whisky doesn’t age in the bottle. I think this is great at around £30 & the best I’ve had at the price. It is streets ahead of Johnnie Walker Black Label, which for me is pretty terrible. I have a 12 year old Macallan on the go & the Adnams shows very well at half the price. My current house whisky!

13th October 2017

Excellent buy

Excellent single malt, smooth with overnotes of vanilla

24th April 2017

Very dissapointing and unpleasant

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

Really good single malt great taste and smooth,

7th April 2016 my humble's not that bad!

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

Young, Fresh notes. As expected from a 3 yr old.

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

Interesting... but no match for anything Scottish.

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.

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

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

probably the most acrid whiskeyever

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 concur - this is utterly disgusting whisky

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

Don't believe the hype - utterly disgusting

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

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