There are few surprises now in the whisky world.
Oh, look! Japanese whisky auctioned for a fortune…
Wow, Laphroaig’s website has fallen to bits…
Dalmore has released a new expression in a hand blown crystal decanter. Didn’t see that coming…
However from time to time you get to try a new whisky (which until it arrived I’d never heard anything about) then you might just be surprised, and very pleasantly so.
The Syndicate 58/6 Blended Scotch Whisky is released by Douglas Laing and Co. and is a blend of 18 Single Malt and 4 Single Grain whiskies. What makes it a little different is that it has been blended within a Solera system (akin to Glenfiddich 15) whereby when the new components are added they are blended with the older stock. In essence this means that there is a little of the original 1958 batch in every subsequent release (realistically speaking it is probably going to be a tiny amount but its still there)
I’ve always been a fan of Glenfiddich 15 and its my ‘go to’ pub dram. There is a depth of well rounded flavour there which I just love as a session dram so I have high hopes for the Syndicate.
Another point to note is that is that the Syndicate blend is married together for up to 2 years in Oloroso Sherry casks.
Anyway, on to the whisky.
So this is a blend.
With an age statement.
That has whisky from 1958.
That is in a Solera style.
That costs £34.
Might this just be some kind of Unicorn?
Syndicate 58/6, Blended Scotch Whisky, IB (Douglas Laing & Co) 40%abv, press sample (available here)
The nose has both width and quite some depth. There are elements of honeyed apricots, orange, chocolate and fresh baked pastries, almond croissants I think. This is all held together in a vanilla and raisin covering. Soft, fruity and well rounded with restrained and gentle spice.
The palate is made up of some Crème Brulee, soft cloves, ginger biscuits and some delicious tannic black tea. No sharpness here, like a light Breakfast style tea. The oranges from the nose are prevalent here amongst the balanced flavours.
The finish is perhaps a little short but does linger very pleasantly. It is tannic and drying with some soft spices overlaying a vanilla infused butter and a mild oakiness.
Altogether an excellent blended whisky and the best I have tried for a long time. The Solera process has helped to add some decent depth to this, which is unusual to find in a blend. It has the well balanced qualities that all blends do, but that extra dimension makes it a winner.
I’m struggling to think of anything bad to say about this at all…
I’ve got nothing.