50cl // 47.5% ABV
What’s all this awesomeness then? Why, it’s is the first bottling from a new, delicious and educational brand of blended malts! As you move through the series from I, to II, to III, the proportion of older, exciting and super yummy whisky goes up, with all three releases being made up of the same whiskies, just in different quantities. Reference Series I has a core of youthful, clean blended malt and is top dressed with a pair of incredible, well-aged single malts.
Nose: Perfumed malt, citrus hints, menthol, custard and meatiness. Oats, thyme honey, Jelly Tots and apple juice.
Palate: Barley and champagne, heading into bread and butter pudding territory. Dry Sherry too and some late sweetness.
Finish: Dry and subtle with bread and also herbal notes clinging on for some time with a little dry vermouth character.
Overall: Here’s where it all starts: Reference Series I. A fantastic blended malt in its own right, and the first control whisky in some fascinating ongoing whisky experiments!