Feb 24, 2017

Stalk and Barrel Red Blend...

Stalk and Barrel Red Blend (43.0%): And now the Red Blend from Stalk and Barrel... Compared to the Blue Blend I reviewed on Wednesday this one has a higher content of aged single malt and rye whiskies in the blend.

Color: Darker than the Blue Blend. Oaked Chardonnay, yellow gold.

Nose: Cocoa powder, barley grist and cumin. Dusty and chalky... Latte, buckwheat honey and bitter chocolate. Empty plastic tupperware, lime soda and spearmint. Sourdough bread crust and dried strawberries. With a few drops of water we get eucalyptus, more chocolate and marzipan.

Palate: Oh, my... Rye... Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. And malt follows: Clover honey and beeswax. Corn syrup and toasted oak to wrap everything nicely. Cardboard boxes and lemon pits. Water brings all the layers closer to each other... More enjoyable now but harder to pull out tasting notes. It basically tastes just great now...

Finish: Medium to short... Linseed oil and black pepper. Warming...

Overall: I like the Red Blend more than the Blue Blend. I know that both blends are bottled for totally different purposes and it is not so fair to to compare them with each other but you cannot help it in this case. It is a much bolder and thicker recipe... This whisky can be sipped neat or mixed... It is one of the bottles that would make you happy to see in your cabinet when you come back from a long day in the office. Like always thanks to Raj Sabharwal and PVI Global for the sample.

Price: $40