The Tweeddale Blend Batch 3

I tasted this (and met its creator) at the Edinburgh whisky festival. It was at Alistair’s Tweeddale blend stand that I learned much more about how the Tweeddale is made. It is a blended whisky, sure, but it is a batch blend and is put together using only 9 casks of whisky (one of which is a grain).

Of course, Alistair wouldn’t say which malts and grain is used, but I was impressed that this is a blend of single casks. It makes the Tweedale feel, at least to me, like a “single cask blend”, though I understand how this sort of labelling might be difficult to clear with the Scotch Whisky Association.

For this batch 3, there was a new cask of grain and a new cask of the core malt. Some of the casks had some left from previous batches (one might imagine these are the highly smokey/sherried “flavour” malts). My notes may seem more sparse than usual here as I was busy talking to Alistair when tasting and because I only had a 10ml sample. Still, you’ll get the idea…Here are the dramstats:tweeddalebatch3

  • Price £34.99
  • Age 12 years
  • ABV 46%

Nose: Malty at first with some nice aged grain notes (biscuity and spicy). Then things get fruity and there is a subtle minty note in the background.

Palate: Malty, fruity and a really fantastic mouthfeel.

Finish: A spicy oak and pepper hit, then fruity with grapes and pears before the mouthfeel gets “creamy”.

Verdict: I preferred this to batch 2. I think the Tweeddale blend is going from strength to strength on this evidence and I’m actually quite taken with both the whisky, the people that make it and the way it is made. I will be picking myself up a bottle of this soon and I’ll be buying it directly from the Tweeddale guys from here.

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Review: The Tweeddale Blend 12.

Continuing blended whisky month we have day 5 of the 12 blends comptetiton and the turn of @dvdbloke. He has chosen the fantastic Tweedale Blend 12 year old.

I did OK today. I guessed the Tweeddale blend (but didn’t even know they had a 10 and a 12 year old). A lucky guess only. I’ve never tasted it before.

Here are the dramstats:

Picture from thegoodspiritsco.com

Picture from thegoodspiritsco.com

  • ABV 46%
  • Price £37

Nose: Hint of furniture polish, apple pie, vanilla ice cream with a slight vegetal note after time in the glass and some coca cola.

Palate: Fresh fruit J-bomb right in the face! Lots of sweet apple, toffee and vanilla.

Finish: A wave of warm spices and pepper, apple pie with whipped cream and that touch of pledge furniture polish from the nose. A whiff of medicinal peat.

Verdict: Lovely, creamy and with a touch of intrigue! I think this is sufficiently complex and interesting to justify the price. Good choice!