Moving forward with my vatted malts and blended whiskies series; moving on with the Eades Double Malts. Last week I posted about their great vatted Islay expression. I thought, seeing as these are “Double Malts” (the combination of two wine cask finished single malts into one expression) that I’d do a double post today – two different Eades Double Malt expressions.
So, what’s left in their line? We’ve got a Double Malt Highland expression which is comprised of 50% Clynelish (a 10yr single malt finished in a Chateau LaFitte Bordeaux cask) and 50% Ben Nevis (another 10yr single malt finished in a Grenache Blanc Cask). We also have their Speyside expression which is 70% Dufftown (a 12yr finished in Red Zinfandel) and 30% Mortlach (a 15yr beauty finished in a Callejo Tempranillo cask).
Special thanks goes out (again) to Pat of the Virginia Distilling Company for the samples!
Let’s start with the Highland Malt:
A Highland vatting of Clynelish & Ben Nevis – 46%ABV – 750ml – $70
On the nose — And odd yet interesting nose we have here…
Off the bat, notes of a wet cinder block.
Malt vinegar & chocolate.
Both vinegar & chocolate notes are slight – as if they were watered down in some way.
Buttermilk biscuits (malty, buttery).
Strong vanilla and oaky notes that, given the combination, are reminiscent of a bourbon (or the sweet result of a heavily charred barrel).
Soured milk (perhaps this is the vinegar note better realized?)
On the mouth — Very sweet with notes of english toffees.
Nutmeg spice (back to that sweet bourbony feel).
Something sweet yet earthy in here.
Finish — Medium length. Caramels, nicely salted.
In sum — Hmmm… perhaps, like the make-up, I’m a bit 50-50 on this one.
There’s a lot going on with the nose but once sipped on, the palate gets somewhat narrowed down (or funneled) into something a bit more focused.
It sounds like a nice thing but I was hoping for a little joyride like I was given with the nose on this one.
Now for the Speyside:
A Speyside vatting of Dufftown & Mortlach – 46%ABV – 750ml – $70
On the nose — Big, thick nose filled with dates and dark chocolates.
More dried fruits, juicy and nicely chewy (chewy like figs).
Salty and slightly smoked.
Stewed prunes and canned prunes.
Almonds via marzipan.
A dusty attic with no-longer-being-used furniture.
Very happy with this nose, thank you muchly.
On the mouth — Nice mouth feel.
The prunes regain the life they once had and turn back into plums.
That smoke creeps back.
My tongue gets licked back by light hints of leather and perhaps freshly dried tobacco leaf.
After becoming plums, said fruits then get distilled turning into a fairly hot slivovitz.
My mouth is now happy as well.
Finish — Medium length filled with melting chocolates.
In sum — A nice cold night dram. Sit back and enjoy.