It’s been ages since I properly reviewed a Blackadder whisky, and for some reason it’s been even longer since I ever bought one. Come to think of it, the last one I bought was the 1981 Lochside, probably back in 2010.
Anyway, a friend of mine got a couple gift coupons for De Whiskykoning for his birthday and decided to spend them on a bottle from his birth year. This is the whisky he selected. Also, he was kind enough to give me a sample a while ago.
I have a bit of a love it, hate it relation with Blackadder with some of their whiskies being absolutely fantastic, but some just being razor sharp alcohol flavoured ones. So whenever I buy one I try it first. Big words coming from me, when I remember buying that Lochside (not the cheapest bottle available) completely blind.
The sherry is clear from the get go. Quickly after the initial sweetness and some astringency comes alcohol. There’s oak and fruit. Mostly peaches. I also get scents of old red wine.
There’s an extreme amount of sherry in here, but not over the top. Some rancio as well, if I get that right. It’s dry and sharp but not too peppery. Overall it’s very sweet and thick with fruit syrup and sherry.
The finish suddenly gives a burst of dark chocolate but the main direction of this dram is the fortified wine. Lots and lots of it.
My friend’s thoughts were that he bought a nice whisky but not something in a spectrum that he couldn’t have gotten from another brand at a lower price. I doubt that. This is a rather unique dram, with lots of wine influence. The oak is rather restrained, but still have given off incredible amounts of flavour.
All in all, great dram. I kind of like Ben Nevis.
Ben Nevis 1984-2002, 61.2%, Blackadder Raw Cask.
Thanks to JP for a sample!