The original James Eadie blend was first retailed back in 1854 and was trademarked in 1877. It has recently been recreated by founder’s great great grandson Rupert Patrick, formerly of Ian MacLeod, Beam Suntory and Diageo.
James Eadie’s Trade Mark “X” blends all 12 of the whiskies still in production listed in the founder’s Victorian ledgers, including Caol Ila, Aberlour, Craigellachie and Lagavulin, as well as from ‘silent’ distilleries Cambus and Littlemill, both of which closed in the 1990’s.
James Eadie’s Trade mark X, Blended Scotch, 45.6%abv, (press sample).
Light gold, leaves thin, slow legs on the inside of the glass.
Initially there is a herby presence, alongside some banana notes. There a hint of smoke in the distance with some deep down tropical fruit sweetness underneath. After a while apricots reveal themselves alongside some malty notes, some faint esters and pear drops.
Theres a surprising waft of initial peat and damp wood alongside some light, distant and tempered woodsmoke. After this fades theres charred vanilla pods and a splash of brine.
The peaty embers eventually fade leaving a twist of pepper, a touch of lingering oak and a faint minerality. Not a great deal on the finish, but what there is lingers pleasantly.
This rather reminded me of the Lagavulin 8. Not so much for its taste, just the same feeling of a spirit driven peat smoke essence on the palate.
All in all a surprising discovery, a dram for those seeking something new to try.
Priced at around the £45 mark however means it is in quite a competitive price bracket.
One for the curious.