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The XL Blend - Batch 1 Whisky

(70cl, 46.3%)

The XL Blend - Batch 1

The XL Blend - Batch 1 Bottling Note

The XL Blend from The Blended Whisky Company is crafted exclusively using whiskies aged for at least 40 years. Hence the name - XL means 40 in Roman numerals. It's also particularly XL in terms of flavour profile, making this one to savour and enjoy. You could easily call it excellent, but the label describes the whisky as "XL-ent". Dependent on your stance on puns, this is either a brilliant thing or horrifying.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A gentle and complex nose begins with green apples, medium-cut marmalade and peach and raspberry cobbler. Earthy vanilla pod, thick white bloomer bread and fragrant smoke develop among a little dusty oak and damp old library books. Spiced honey and dark berry fruits emerge with time.

Palate: Viscous, yet delicate, the palate is filled a litany of jammy black fruits, heathery smoke, caramel and oily nuttiness. Rose water adds a floral dimension before a darker, earthier depth reveals dried fruit, bitter chocolate, liquefied liquorice and subtle woody tannins.

Finish: Drying and bittersweet with sugary espresso, tart blackberries and aromatic nutmeg.

Overall: Oh yes. A must-try. This is properly brilliant.

Reviews for The XL Blend - Batch 1
Advent calendar Xmas eve offering. Never usually impressed by a blend - this is astonishing. Deep, round with notes of honey. The honey has had all sweetness removed.! Of the 24 Advent whiskies this was my fave. Interesting to find how much it will cost?
, United Kingdom
4 years ago
Tasted many different types of whisky, but this one is outstanding. Simply wow
4 years ago
Want it now!
Also got the sample in the advent calendar, bloody marvellous, complex, rich, the tasting notes are spot on, excellent long finish.
4 years ago
I wouldn't pay £10 for it.
Heavy metallic taste, flavours muddled, and medicinal. The nose is primarily syrupy cherry, like a cough medicine, with an inelegant confusion of fruit and earthiness. The jammy fruits, caramel, and smoke on the tongue are quickly overshadowed by metallic tones that continue into the finish.
, United Kingdom
4 years ago
I’ve just had this in the advent calendar and came find out more about it. It’s gorgeous!
4 years ago
Perfect balance and depth
Is in the Advent Pack - I’m tasting blind and was a bit blown away how good this tastes so came to look it up...
, United Kingdom
4 years ago
Only had a dram of this but really enjoyed it.
Doubt I will ever be able to afford a bottle so heres hoping #WhiskySanta sends one down my chimney
, United Kingdom
4 years ago

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