Bought – Robbie’s Drams, 29th May, 2014
89.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
82/100 – Whiskybase (from one member vote)
The 12-year-old version of this blend has been on my wishlist for a while because Jim Murray gives it 94.5/100 in his Whisky Bible. So why did I end up buying the 10-year-old that scores 5 points less? Because of the history, and I was surprised to see it was still available. Its been superseded by the 12yo (and now a 14yo) but when I saw the 10yo on sale at Robbie’s Drams I had to have it. The 10yo was the first release of the Tweeddale Blend since the 2nd World War. A blend produced by Richard Day until 1940 was rediscovered and reproduced by his great grandson Alasdair Day with this first release being issued in May 2010, 70 years later. Wow!
89.5/100 is still an excellent mark. Jim Murray says of the taste “beautifully weighted and structured” and “the non-filtration and 50% malt content combo has paid dividends”. It’s also 46% so it packs the sort of punch you’d expect from a good single malt.
Although the 12yo is still on my list, I’m very glad I found the first release so I can have my malty slice of whisky history.