35 Years Old Vintage Blend

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 140
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Brand: Kinloch Scotch Whisky
Expression: 35 Years Old Vintage Blend
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended
Age: 35 years old
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Issue 140
Tasting notes
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: Ruby red, this leads to a port-like nose: rich and big with lots of stone fruits, oak and body. It feels like this has a backbone of good malt in it.
Palate: Shows off oak age, with a nice spicy bitterness that works well with a balance of some more stone fruits, red apple and lots of oak flavour.
Finish: Certainly good age on this, a hint of bitterness on the finish but also lots of red fruits.
Comment: I’d guess this is old and I’d have loved to try the constituent parts, even though it works well.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Chunky Oloroso, some Armagnac-esque aged character. Hints of sultana, incense, dusty oak, heather, wood smoke, walnut and hazelnut along with freshening citrus notes.
Palate: Fresher and more citric. Holds the mature sherry in check. Lightly treacly, with dried fruit, cinnamon, violet tinged incense and wood smoke.
Finish: Good length with grain coming through. A little bittering from the oak.
Comment: You could say it’s a one-dimensional sherry-heavy blend, but it has some lovely maturity.
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