Jul 2, 2014

Moidart 10yo...

Moidart 10yo (46.0%): I have another mini bottle I brought back from Cadenhead's' Whisky Shop in Campbeltown. This one is a ten year old blended malt created by one and only Frank McHardy. The blend is bottled at McHardy's favorite strength of 46.0% which is just high enough not to give the whisky any cloudiness without chill-filtering at room temperature. The name of the whisky commemorates the arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the town of Moidart to win the crown for his father. As a big fan of the Springbank blends I am pretty excited to taste this little guy. Color: Pale yellow, hay like... Pinot grigio. Nose: Soot, lime, tincture of iodine and dentist's office. Backyard barbecue fire on a hot summer afternoon, white wine vinegar and hot pineapple slices on a Hawaiian pizza. Adding water helps malty aromas surface: oatmeal cookie dough, crunchy muesli flakes and ocean spray. Palate: Salted bonito fillet, lemon vinaigrette dressing and vanilla bean scrapings. With water the mouthfeel gets creamier. Eucalyptus drops, roasted pine nuts and baby bananas. Finish: Long, citrusy and spicy. Cigar ash, fireplace soot and lemon zest. Overall: God damn it..! I knew it... I should get a full bottle when I had the chance. Perfect everyday dram... I had a gut feeling that it will be good when I purchased it but didn't expect the dram being at this level. Young, simple but very well balanced. Citrusy, creamy and stands somewhere right in between of Springbank and Longrow in terms of peatiness. Gets better and better in the glass if you can be patient enough to air it for ten minutes or so. Kudos again to Mr. McHardy and Springbank Distillers for another great blend...