Tweeddale Twitter Tasting Batches 1 to 4

The following are my notes from taking part in a Twitter Tasting of Tweeddale Whisky Batches 1 to 4 as organised and presented by Steve Rush (@thewhiskywire) from The Whisky Wire .

I have previously tasted batch 2 and batch 3 of this fantastic handcrafted Blended whisky and i'm most certainly a big fan and so waas really looking forward to getting to try batches 1 and 4 and looking forward to seeing what else they have in store for the future.

A bit about Tweeddale Whisky- the name dates back to a blend produced by J&A Davidson of Coldstream in 1820, over the years there were a few people who worked for them including a Mr Richard Day who started with J&A Davidson in 1895 as he joined as a office boy, from 1899-1916 Richard learned the craft of whisky blending, recording everything he had done in his journal or "Cellar Book".

In 1923 J&A Davidson became "Richard Day" as he took over the running of the business, he continued to run the business until 1939/1940 where the whisky blending business was wound down before World War 2 and was no longer produced after this until Richards Great Grandson Alasdair inherited the Cellar book in 2009 and decided to recreate this fabulous blend.

They are released in small batches or a thousand or so bottles at most and unlike mass market blends which feature 30, 40 or more whiskies, Tweeddale Blends feature only 9 whiskies. Below you will find my notes along with some more information on each of the batches. Remember to check out Tweeddale Whisky on Facebook and Twitter also.Things are also looking up as it appears from very soon that you will be able to buy single malt and single grain whiskies bottled by Tweeddale Whisky

tweeddale batch 1 Tweeddale Batch 1

The first time Tweeddale had been blended in 70 years and batch 1 was ready in May 2010. In batch one the single grain whisky is 10 years old, the eight single malt whiskies range from 10 years old to 21 years old. It contains Scotch Whisky from the Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside and Islay.

This is my first time trying this and i'm blown away by the quality of this dram, it's obvious Alasdair knows whats he's doing from this "first attempt".

Bottle Name Tweeddale Batch 1
Bottler Tweeddale
Distiller Tweeddale
Age* 10
ABV 46%
Nose Initially a slight maltiness, lathered in green and blacks white chocolate with madagascan vanilla, hints of peach and nectarine also, there's a drop of manuka honey in here, with some flashes of green tea, some feshly picked heather in there also.
Taste There's a hint of smokiness here, followed by malt loaf and then sharp fruits finished off with cardomen seeds and cloves.
Finish tangy and spicy with a hint of freshness.

tweeddale batch 2Tweeddale Batch 2

In batch two the same single grain whisky is 15 years old from a sherry butt.

Seven of the eight single malts are from the same casks as batch 1 but a year older 12 years old to 21 years old. One of the malts in batch 2 is 14 years old from a different cask.

I've reviewed this dram previously but these notes are fresh.

Bottle Name Tweeddale Batch 2
Bottler Tweeddale
Distiller Tweeddale
Age* 12
ABV 46%
Nose gentle tropical notes,lots of pineapple and kiwi fruit with vanilla white chocolate, theres still some lovely honey notes in here too, proper straight from the opiary type honey not the sugar derived stuff, the kind of nose you could sit and sniff all night long. left for a while in the glass there is a definite hint of smoke coming through
Taste Packed with more tropical fruit, pineapple and kiwi with touches of cereal notes and a gentle kick of spice
Finish cracking dram easy drinking

Tweeddale batch 3 Tweeddale Batch 3

In batch three the same single grain is 18 years old from sherry butts. Seven of the malts are from the same casks as batch 1 & 2 but a year older (13 to 21 years old). The core malt is 14 years old from different casks. This release will have natural colour as well as not being chill filtered and bottled at 46% abv.

I love this whisky, it truely is fabulous, this shows why blends are every bit as good, in fact better, than many single malts.

Bottle Name Tweeddale Batch 3
Bottler Tweeddale
Distiller Tweeddale
Age* 12 on bottle but 13 in reality
ABV 46%
Nose initially theres a sweet honey note that catches my attention, then it moves on through that dewy grassy note i love from grain whisky before settling down with pineapple rings in syrup, sweet malt biscuit and a slight hint of smoke.
Taste really sweet to taste, demerera sugar, crunchy candy icing, & caramel topped digestive biscuits, yum
Finish sweet and malty biscuits

Tweeddale batch 4Tweeddale Batch 4

In batch four the single grain is 16 years old from a refilled hoghead. Seven of the malts are from the same casks as batch 1, 2 & 3 just older (14 to 21 years old). The lowland malt is 14 years old, matured in an Islay cask. The 4th release has natural colour, is not chill filtered and bottled at 46% abv. A limited edition of 1,420 hand numbered bottles.

I was really looking forward to this one and i wasn't disappointed, time to go buy a bottle i think.

Bottle Name Tweeddale Batch 4
Bottler Tweeddale
Distiller Tweeddale
Age* 14
ABV 46%
Nose Much more subtle than batches 2 or 3 this has a wee hint of smoke coming through first, followed by fresh malt loaf then you wade through some lovely vanilla notes, ending with pear drops and freshly cut grass. Still some proper opiary honey in here too.
Taste Sugary sweet on the tip of the tongue before it hits chalky smoke and then edges back into fruit and oriental spices
Finish sweet and spicy fantastically smooth and easy to drink