Review: The Infamous 22 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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22 yrs
100% Malted Barely
Producer Fountana Beverage (Richmond, BC)

This whisky nearly slipped me by, and likely many others - it didn't thanks to a dram I had with Davin De Kergommeaux who pointed it out. It is produced by Fountana Beverage, who also produce the wonderful Canadian Rockies 21. It is a blend of two of the most "notorious" single malt whiskies in Scotland - and if people knew that these two distilleries were Macallan and Highland Park (which they are!) they'd be jumping out of their chairs and lining up to pick this up for $100. That, and ex-sherry, 50%, no colouring, and non-chill filtered. Terrific - yes, indeed!

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose is full of rich, slightly meaty sherry. Honey, dried apricot, fig, baking spices, wet earth, cacao, and a growing sense of rich caramel and bright fruit that seems to come with old sherry-matured whiskies. The palate is rich, full of malt, hay, dried apricot, mixed nuts, sherry, milk chocolate, slight honey, and warming spices. Quite tannic, but not overly so. There is rancio there, but you have to go looking for it – but the search is made easy with water. The finish is honeyed and spicy, with a touch of ashy smoke, malt, and tea cookies. A light earthy/vegetal note grows on the finish. It has almost a slight spicy/sulphury note to it, which I like – it’s not a bad sort of sulphur. Rich and big finish. The whole thing has a light thread of oaky bitterness which I quite like. Soft for 50%, too.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $108. But if you think about the age and what is inside? …