Issue No8 [International]

Blackadder Tastenotes

BLACKADDER TASTING REPORTS

Notes: Whiskies are tasted on a personal opinion basis by Blackadder.
These tasting notes are not a guarantee of quality or an indication
of value and should not be considered or used as such.
They are simply Blackadder’s own assessment and your own opinion or
judgement may well vary from my own. E & O E.

Each whisky is rated on colour on a scale of 1-10 with the lightest whiskies being 0 and the darkest 10.
Each whisky is judged for the level of peat on a scale of 1-10 with unpeated whiskies being 0 and the most heavily peated whiskies being 10.
Each whisky is judged for the level of sweetness on a scale of 1-10 with driest whiskies being 1 and the most heavily peated whiskies being 10.
All whiskies are rated for nose, taste and finish on a scale of 1-10 .

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Arran Year: 1996 Age: 6 yo
Cask number: 46 Distilled: 24/01/96 Bottled: April 2002
Percentage volume: 56.8% Total bottles: 342 Cask type: Bourbon Hogshead
Colour: 4/10 golden Peat: 3/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (7) Fresh, floral with honeyed notes probably sherry
Taste: (8) Sweet and peppery - fruity - apricotswell-rounded
Finish: (7) Stays sweet but dry at the end slight smokiness

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Macallan Year: 1990 Age: 13 yo
Cask number: 1051 Distilled: 23/01/90 Bottled: April 2003
Percentage volume: 55% Total bottles: 252 Cask type: Bourbon Hogshead
Colour: 4/10 golden Peat: 5/10 Sweetness: 5/10
Nose: (5) Soft vanilla
Taste: (5) Sweet and oily, medium peated, fills the mouth
Finish: (6) Sweet and peppery and then drying out

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Auchroisk Year: 1989 Age: 14 yo
Cask number: 30256 Distilled: 19/06/89 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 61.9% Total bottles: 142 Cask type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Colour: 6/10 walnut red Peat: 4/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (6) Spirity, smoky and perfumed - clean
Taste: (8) Rich, mouth-filling, warm and perfumed with notes of honey
and fresh apricots
Finish: (7) Sweet, lingering and perfumed. Some pepperiness towards the end, then drying out with a little smokiness.

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Benrinnes Year: 1980 Age: 23 yo
Cask number: 1352 Distilled: 19/03/80 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 53.9% Total bottles: 264 Cask type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Colour: 5/10 golden red Peat: 4/10 Sweetness: 5/10
Nose: (6) Floral, slightly honeyed with a note of sherry
Taste: (7) Rich, honeyed, with hints of pineapple and apricots soft and
delicate
Finish: (6) Warming, with gently fading sweetness

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Linlithgow Year: 1975 Age: 26 yo
Cask number: 30012 Distilled: 02/06/75 Bottled: April 2002
Percentage volume: 59.3% Total bottles: 328 Cask type: Refill Sherry Butt
Colour: 5/10 golden red Peat: 7/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (6) Spirity and perfumed
Taste: (8) Peppery and oily mouth-filling, apricots, perfume, very rich
And full of fruit
Finish: (8) Sweet, smooth and honeyed lingering and finally drying out at the end. This whisky finishes with a smile on your lips.

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Ben Nevis Year: 1992 Age: 10 yo
Cask number: 686 Distilled: 24/02/92 Bottled: May 2002
Percentage volume: 60.1% Total bottles: 242 Cask type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Colour: 4/10 gold with a hint of red Peat: 5/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (6) Green and grassy. Fairly spirity
Taste: (7) Sweet and oily, mouth-filling then peppery with honeyed notes
Finish: (8) Peppery, still sweet, long-lasting before drying out

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Banff Year: 1976 Age: 24 yo
Cask number: 2247 Distilled: 25/08/76 Bottled: August 2001
Percentage volume: 53.7% Total bottles: 256 Cask type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Colour: 4/10 golden yellow Peat: 4/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (7) Warm, soft and satisfying
Taste: (8) Honey-sweet, slightly oily, fruity with almonds
Finish: (8) A mouthful of flavour sweet and nutty

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Millburn Year: 1974 Age: 29 yo
Cask number: 4615 Distilled: 12/11/74 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 56.8% Total bottles: 203 Cask type: Sherry Hogshead
Colour: 7/10 warm red Peat: 6/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (9) Rich and satisfying, spirity with sherried notes and a touch of liqueur morello cherries
Taste: (9) Yummy!! Full, fruity, like a rich fruit cake but also peppery
Finish: (8) Warming, round and sweet with a lot of pepperiness coming through at the end together with a slight smokiness

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Blairfindy Year: 1980 Age: 23 yo
Cask number: 5983 Distilled: 06/06/80 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 57.5% Total bottles: 186 Cask type: Sherry Butt
Colour: 8+/10 Chestnut red Peat: 6/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (6) Sherried and very spirity dark chocolate, perfumed
Taste: (7) Rich, sherried honeyed, peppery and chewy with a touch of perfume
Finish: (7) Sweet and peppery with the sweetness lasting a long time before tannin comes through at the end

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Blairfindy Year: 1980 Age: 23 yo
Cask number: 5983 Distilled: 06/06/80 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 57.5% Total bottles: 186 Cask type: Sherry Butt
Colour: 8+/10 Chestnut red Peat: 6/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (6) Sherried and very spirity dark chocolate, perfumed
Taste: (7) Rich, sherried honeyed, peppery and chewy with a touch of perfume
Finish: (7) Sweet and peppery with the sweetness lasting a long time before tannin comes through at the end

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Highland Park Year: 1989 Age: 14yo
Cask number: 10039 Distilled: 01/03/89 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 57.1% Total bottles: 514 Cask type: Sherry Butt
Colour: 7/10 Rich walnut red Peat: 6/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (8) Deep, rich, smoky, honeycombe
Taste: (9) Rich. Explodes in the mouth with Oloroso sherry notes. Warm, and peaty with bitter chocolate flavours and lots of glycerine in the mouth
Finish: (9) Peppery with fulfilling sweetness and bitter chocolate notes that last a long, long time

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Caol Ila Year: 1990 Age: 12 yo
Cask number: 4161 Distilled: 02/04/90 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 57.7% Total bottles: 322 Cask type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Colour: 3/10 Golden Yellow Peat: 5/10 Sweetness: 9/10
Nose: (8) Honeyed, peaty, smoky, spirity and satisfying. Sea, sand, summer sun, and the smell of tar that goes with boats in the harbour
Taste: (9) Sweet, chewy, glycerine and a pepperiness that fills the mouth giving you a happy feeling. Lots of peat and soft smokiness
Finish: (8) Long, sweet, peaty and smoky

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Bowmore Year: 1989 Age: 14 yo
Cask number: 22536 Distilled: 21/09/89 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 60.2% Total bottles: 217 Cask type: Bourbon Barrel
Colour: 3/10 Golden Yellow Peat: 8/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (7) Peaty, spirity, perfumed, coal tar. Powerful
Taste: (7) Sweet, lots of tar, mouth-filling, peaty, smoky and very peppery at the front of the tongue
Finish: (7) Perfumed, peaty, coal tar, with pepperiness lingering. Smoky

Whisky: Blackadder Natural Strength Bowmore Year:1989 Age:10yo
Cask number: 22525 Distilled: 21/09/89 Bottled: May 2000
Percentage volume: 65.1% Total bottles: 120 Cask type: Bourbon Barrel
Colour: 4/10 Rich Golden Yellow Peat: 7/10 Sweetness: 8/10
Nose: (7) Soft, peaty, perfumed and slightly spirity
Taste: (8) Sweet, mouthfilling, glycerine, honeyed, perfumed, peaty and quite peppery
Finish: (8) Lingering honeyed notes with a sweet, peppery smokiness. Very warming and satisfying

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Glendronach Year: 1974 Age: 28 yo
BOURBON CASK FINISHED ONE YEAR IN SHERRY BUTT
Cask number: 3407 Distilled: 18/12/74 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 48.6% Total bottles: 156 Cask type: Bourbon Barrel
Colour: 6/10 Golden Brown Peat: 6/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (7) Soft but spirity. Gooseberry, chocolate and orange.
Taste: (8) Rich, sweet, peaty and peppery with notes of chocolate orange. This whisky needs water although it is only 48.6% vol
Finish: (9) Long, peppery and sweet with citrus fruit; drying out at the front of the mouth and tongue while staying sweet at the back of the mouth. Hints of bitter almond, but only when water is added

Whisky: Old Man of Hoy Natural Strength 14yo
Cask number: 2003/HO10 Distilled: 1989 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 57% Total bottles: 212 Cask type: Sherry Cask
Colour: 7/10 Rich red Peat: 6/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (8) Deep, rich, smoky,
Taste: (9) Rich. Explodes in the mouth with sherry notes. Warm, and peaty with bitter chocolate flavours and lots of glycerine
Finish: (8) Peppery, sweet and fulfilling. A wonderful finish that lasts a long, long time

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Rosebank Year: 1992 Age: 10 yo
Cask number: 1452 Distilled: 25/03/92 Bottled: April 2002
Percentage volume: 60% Total bottles: 264 Cask type: Refill Hogshead
Colour: 2/10 pale straw Peat: 2/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (7) Soft honeyed notes peaches and passion fruit
Taste: (7) Sweet and spicy, creamy with notes of almonds
Finish: (7) Sweet and nutty, drying out at the end. This whisky must have water to be fully appreciated.

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Clynelish Year: 1990 Age: 13 yo
REFILL HOGSHEAD FINISHED FOR ONE YEAR IN SHERRY CASK
Cask number: 3593 Distilled: 11/05/90 Bottled: November 2003
Percentage volume: 59.3% Total bottles: 258 Cask type: Refill Hogshead
Colour: 6/10 deep burnt golden amber Peat: 6/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (7) Spirity, chocolate and very intense when water is added
Taste: (9) Mouthfilling. Creamy, rich, peat, burnt chocolate and peppery
Finish: (9) Very long aftertaste sweet at first but then drying out. You know that this is exceptional whisky and you want to get to know it better. Can you make love to a whisky?

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Tormore Year: 1990 Age: 12 yo
Cask number: 1964 Distilled: 02/02/90 Bottled: April 2002
Percentage volume: 65.9% Total bottles: 278 Cask type: Refill Hogshead
Colour: 4/10 golden yellow Peat: 3/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (7) Sweet and spirity with notes of coconuts and apricots.
Taste: (8) Creamy, very sweet, with gentle peat, chocolate and coconut.
Finish: (8) Long and sweet but dry at the sides of the mouth before drying to the back of the mouth. An excellent pre-dinner dram. Uncomplicated and easy to drink but still yummy!

Whisky: Blackadder Sherry Cask Raw Cask Mortlach Year: 1989 Age: 14 yo
Cask number: 5149 Distilled: October 1989 Bottled: April 2003
Percentage volume: 59.9% Total bottles: 270 Cask type: Sherry Butt
Colour: 5/10 golden red Peat: 4/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (6) Spirity, but closed without water. Soft and honeyed with water.
Taste: (7) Very sweet and sherried. Rich fruit cake and bitter chocolate orange
Finish: (7) Sweet and long with slight notes of bitter chocolate

Whisky: Blackadder Sherry Cask Raw Cask Linkwood Year: 1989 Age: 14 yo
Cask number: 5624 Distilled: October 1989 Bottled: April 2003
Percentage volume: 59.3% Total bottles: 213 Cask type: Sherry Butt
Colour: 7/10 golden red Peat: 6/10 Sweetness: 8/10
Nose: (7) Warm, sherried, spirity and exciting.
Taste: (9) Very sweet , chocolate fruit cake, peppery and honeyed. Very yummy!
Finish: (8) Sweet, lingering softly with peat coming through

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Springbank Year: 1991 Age: 9 yo
Cask number: 04 Distilled: June 1991 Bottled: April 2002
Percentage volume: 57.4% Total bottles: 285 Cask type: Refill Hogshead
Colour: 3/10 pale golden yellow Peat: 5/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (7) Soft, coconut and chocolate. Spirit is there but not obvious
Taste: (10) Sweet, creamy, with rich chocolate and coconut. Difficult to find the right words to describe wonderful!
Finish: (8) Sweet and creamy with gentle peat and a touch of lingering chocolate

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Caol Ila Year: 1992 Age: 9 yo
Cask number: 10637 Distilled: 19.06.02 Bottled: April 2002
Percentage volume: 58.6% Total bottles: 328 Cask type: Refill Hogshead
Colour: 2 pale straw Peat: 8/10 Sweetness: 6/10
Nose: (7) Peat, tar and perfume
Taste: (8) Surprisingly sweet, lots of peat and richly flavoured
Finish: (7) Sweet and then drying out. Lots of smoky peat

Whisky: Blackadder Raw Cask Bruichladdich Year: 1970 Age: 31 yo
Cask number: 4840 Distilled: 16.11.70 Bottled: April 2002
Percentage volume: 53.8% Total bottles: 178 Cask type: Refill Hogshead
Colour: 6 golden amber Peat: 4/10 Sweetness: 7/10
Nose: (9) Rich, warm and honeyed with notes of apricot, almond and pineapple
Taste: (10) Sweet, very fruity apricots with a nutty aftertaste. Mouth-filling, WOW!!!
Finish: (10) Long and sweet with smoky peat and lingering apricots. This is a whisky to die for!!!
Note: Without question one of the best casks of whisky Blackadder has ever bottled!
Blackadder
Published: 2004-06-11