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Issue 128 - Campbeltown Vs Lowlands

Whisky Magazine Issue 128
June 2015


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Campbeltown Vs Lowlands

The Battle of the Blends round four

The Battle of the Blends is now well under way. The casks have been acquired, even named and now seasoned, not just once but twice. Totally different approaches are being taken by the two contestants. The rules are very simple; create a blend that will be judged by our readers, contributing editors and from within the industry. The final blend has to be complete by 1 September 2015 and the result will be announced in our final issue of the year which publishes on 4 December.

Dave ‘The Rummager' Broom

I left her sitting quietly in the corner for a month letting the components slowly meld. This gave me time to think what was going to come next. A little nose and taste showed the colour had deepened while the nose was showing vanilla, dried banana and peach, with that Bounty bar aroma still firmly in place.

There was still some oak poking through when neat, but also more lift and acidity on the palate, conceivably that Aultmore doing its work. The finish though remained a little short with the wood making its presence felt. It was pretty, maybe too pretty. Rosalita needed to get some heft and grunt. It was time for her to get her knees dirty.

At the same time I didn't want to get that with a whisky which had heavy oak – that would be counterproductive. Neither did I want to lose the fresh acidity. Whatever was going to be added had to give a bass line but not dominate, have richness but also lift. There was only one which would fit the bill – Springbank.

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