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Saturday, 16 February 2008

Let it all hang out!!

Blue Hanger - 30 Year Old - 3rd Limited Release - 45.6%

I'd been drawn to this whisky by the notion of vatting a number of spectacular, aged casks together from two great distilleries- in only the way Berry Bros & Rudd could. This release follows on from the previous releases and marries together 7 casks; three, 30 YO Glen Livet and four, 30 YO Glen Grant (apparently, one of the Grants was slightly older, around 33 YO).

Nose: Superb sweetness- muscavado sugar, candied apple, cedar wood, wisps of cinnamon and vanilla fudge. Beautifully balanced.

Palate: Thick swathes of sherry, dark chocolate, orange with a peppery, dry top note.

Finish: Really opens up into big, dry, bold cinnamon/cedar, almost sour-mash, slight rubberiness/liquorice but again, superbly balanced.

A first class vatting, which effortlessly brings big fruity sherry but sweet, spicy balance from two cracking distilleries. A superb addition to anyones cabinet.

Ltd number of bottles- £69.95- available only from Berry Bros & Rudd, London.

Try this with: Amber Mist (a medium matured firm cheese, washed in whisky) & Highland oatcakes.
- Neil