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An incredible blended malt. And that's not all! It's also the third and final 'control' whisky in the fascinating Reference Series, where extensions (III.1, III.2 etc.) then showcase different additional ingredients and techniques. This will allow you to refer back to the original whisky and appreciate exactly how specific changes (finishes, the addition of peat, chill-filtration etc.) affect the liquid in your glass. (That, is all.)
Reference Series III is made up of over 50% incredibly well-aged single malts, supported by more youthful blended malts for balance and vigour.
Read more about the Reference Series here on our blog.
Nose: Creamy with a little cut grass and pepper quickly give way to fresh orange peel, vanilla, malt loaf, coffee bean, calves leather, rich toffee and molasses.
Palate: Thick with loads of chocolate covered dates and a few raisins. Chewy, herbal and meaty too. Quite fantastic, basically.
Finish: Long with pleasant leather notes, cocoa, delicious coffee cake and a touch of mint on the tail.
Overall: First and foremost, this is just a cracking blended malt. Truly excellent stuff. It is also the third control whisky for the Reference Series' ongoing experiments, containing a significantly higher proportion of old and very old single malts than I and II.
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An intensely rich, well-rounded blended malt - the crowning glory of a totally original idea. Interestingly - it's still perfectly possible to taste the younger whiskies in this blended malt, but they're there as a reminder - a callback to the younger I, and II series. Highly accomplished. Wonderful stuff.
24th March 2016
Ignore the 'reviewer' who is ranting about Blended whisky being crap and unskilled. This product is a blended malt, not a blended whisky. And blending, in any fashion, is very difficult to do well.
14th December 2014
Although this whisky is (much) more money that the other two in the range it's easy to see why when you look at the back label and see how much of the malts are in there. Really rounded flavours with lots and lots of dark chocolate.
29th April 2014
anyone into whisky in a big way would stay clear of blended bottles like this the price tag is insane for only 50cl not really worth the money in my eyes blends are crap no skill in them at all.
23rd April 2014