The Ultimate is a Dutch independent bottler who also has a huge whisky shop, and is the importer for Gordon & MacPhail, a lot of American stuff and Amrut, among others. The ‘owner’ (not sure if he still is) has been in the business for about 50 years I believe and the releases I tasted most recently have been quite hyped in the Netherlands.
Edradour 2003-2011, 46%
This is quite a feat for The Ultimate, since it is the first independent bottling of Edradour after the reopening by Andrew Symington. A shorter middle cut should make for a cleaner, and better dram.
Dusty cereals, old wood and a hint of used casks. I also get some straw, a bit of a barn smell and not much else.
Sugary sweet in some points, young and a little bit flat, to be honest. Not much depth and not many flavours that I can discover.
This isn’t too bad, rather simple but the sweetness is quite nice with a little bit of vanilla.
Not my kind of young whisky. Although its 8 years old, it doesn’s show much maturity. I get the feeling the bourbon casks used had been used before and they didn’t add much to the spirit. I think the hype is more about the fact that its a new Edradour than about the taste.
Edradour, 2003-2011, 46%, The Ultimate. Available at Drinks & Gifts for €49
Tamdhu 2004-2011, 60.2%
A lot more alcohol, but a young whisky as well. This one got rave reviews in the first couple of days it was out in the open. Luckily, Drinks & Gifts had samples available of this one as well, and I could try it before deciding whether to get a full bottle.
You really get a hit by the 60.2% ABV, but there is also a lot of sweet tropical again. There’s also a little bit freshness in there, a sprig of mint I guess. Some liquorice maybe? Sweet oranges too!
Guess what? Its fruity! Caffe latte, chocolate mousse. Maybe a bit on the short side, but the impact is something that needs to be processed as well.
This is one damn fine dram! Heaps and heaps of flavours and it has all the goodness of a good sherry cask. I wonder what this would have tasted like at 10 or 15 years old. A little bit of wood was the only thing I missed.
Tamdhu 2004-2011, 60.2%, The Ultimate. Available at Drinks & Gifts for € 45