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Issue 130 - They Think It's All Over... It Is Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 130
September 2015


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They Think It's All Over... It Is Now

The Battle of the Blends, the final salvo

That's it. The final whiskies have now been added, the blend is complete and now comes the judging. We will, in conjunction with Master of Malt, be sending one sample of each blend to 99 independent judges where they will be invited to vote online by no later than 30 September 2015.

The votes will then be added up and the winner will be announced in issue 132 which publishes 4 December. We hope that the two contenders will meet at Whisky Live London 2016.

Dave ‘The Rummager' Broom

... And now, as Frank sang, the end is near and I'm back home in the Lowlands. What to pick?

Auchentoshan is close to my Weegie heart for sure, but not right for the style of blend I've been making. Bladnoch? I haven't come across any recently. It had to be Glenkinchie. It has the right light, meadow like, sweet hay element that would add a little lift, a certain subtle crispness and also texture – Glenkinchie is nothing if not full in the mid-palate. But that wasn't enough. I wanted a little sweetness, I still wanted length.

I tasted the blend. There were stewed fruits, a hint of sherry and some depth. The palate was slightly richer than before, but the grain was still doing its job. It was also longer. Problem was, it was smokier than I had expected.

I'd been gentle – or so I'd thought – with the peaty element, but the combo of a dribble of Caol Ila, some Springbank, and Ardmore had given it more smoke that I'd intended, both on the nose and especially on the finish and it was the ...

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