This is an intriguing mix of 10 year old Speyside Whisky (aged in Sherry barrels) and home-made Paxarette (made by reducing Pedro Ximenez sherry). Paxarette used to be used by the Scotch Whisky industry to season barrels before they were used to age spirit, as it was seen to enhance flavour.
To taste, it was thick and silky. The sweetness was definitely there, but there was also a lot of spice and jammy berry flavours (raisins) that faded into the dryness of a good dry sherry. Mrs. B. thought there was a very interesting progression in flavour from wood, to charred wood, before she was again strongly reminded of treacle, with hints of dark liquorice and raisins. She also noted that it was quite strong.
Pretty unique; neither of us had tasted anything like it before. Nonetheless, we both agreed that it was the best spirit we have yet tried from Master of Malt.
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The liquid is thick and very dark and there is a thick and strong nose of cinnamon, vanilla and other spice, as well as citrus peel.
The initial flavour is of thick, home-made cola and cola bottles. This gives way to some warmth, both from the rum and from the wintery spice. A very rich and comforting drink, whilst also being rather unusual. The cola-like quality is most prominent, although there’s also a hint of dark chocolate.
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Besmoked Vodka (40.20%ABV)
This is a Vodka that has been smoked using Maple, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, and Hickory wood, as well as a sprinkling of rosemary. All of these ingredients (minus the vodka) are placed in a briar pipe which is lit. The aromatic smoke is then drawn through a carbon filter and then through a carboy* filled with the vodka.
Intensely smoky but in quite a dry way, hints of smoked meat and salmon. But overall despite the concentration of smoke it is also pretty clean too. Very nice.
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In addition to the Ampleforth Collection, we were kindly sent a sample of the new (Batch 4) 30 Year Old Whisky Liqueur. We still had a sample of the previous incarnation of the liqueur, courtesy of CashStrength’s Mr. Ridley and so Mrs. B did a blind comparison.
Master of Malt’s 30 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur – Previous Batch
This liqueur was slightly lighter and redder in colour, like copper.
The nose had a herbal edge to it, reminding Mrs. B. slightly of cough syrup, and was sweet, light, with hints of honey, cinnamon and cherry.
Very pleasant on the tongue, with a silky sweetness, this tasted very much like a liqueur. It was nonetheless quite thin – not syrupy and had a smoke-like texture across the back of the throat and the tobacco aftertaste that Mrs. B. found so difficult to ignore in her previous tasting. DBS – less hindered by this taste – picked up additional notes of orange peel.
Master of Malt’s 30 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur – New Batch 4
Darker and less red in colour, this batch had a very different nose to the one previous. The whisky came through much more, without any heavy herbal notes.
Although this seemed to be more silky on the tongue, it was neither thick nor overly sweet. The taste was much more like a whisky than a liqueur. There were notes of wood, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and a light sweetness.
Both of us agreed that the new batch was much tastier than the old.
*A rigid container for liquid