Review: Blue Hanger Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 9th Release (Berry Bros. & Rudd) / by Jason Hambrey

7-23 Years
100% Malt Whisky
Distiller Clynelish, Glen Elgin & Bunnahabhain (Scotland)

This is a very well known connoisseurs Scotch. It is a blended malt produced by Berry Bros & Rudd who own Glenrothes but bottle a lot of other sourced malt. This is a yearly blend, varying from year to year - often with raving reviews. This release had less sherry and more peat than previous releases - it is a mix of a 17 y.o. Clynelish, 18 y.o. Glen Elgin, 23 y.o. Bunnahabhain, and 7 y.o. Bunnahabhain.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: 9th Release

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

The nose is full of mineral and smoke – brilliant, in fact. And there’s lots behind it – peach, wood, guava – the fruit is rich and succulent. It does smell young – but you can tell that the quality of the spirit is brilliant. Some wax, great earth integration, and oak.

The taste has a lot of smoke, with some fruit backing the show – and the smoke comes in waves, appearing at first before fading to some slightly vegetal and stewed fruit notes before coming back and stealing the show again. I like the interplay. On the end, smoking fall leaves, mineral character – I quite enjoy it and find it very intriguing. A very complex finish, with smoke, apple sauce, and slight acidity which makes you want just a bit more. Roasted malt. Dense peat and smoke on the finish.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). At the top of the category, too.

Value: Average, based on $137 CAD.