Battle of the Blends 2015

Battle of the Blends I was really excited to be asked to join in with the judging of this competition between Dave Broom and Neil Ridley.

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This is a really interesting concept and both drams are really well put together, Blend A just had too much heat for me, although from others I have spoken too who let it sit for much longer than i did it seemed to tame down.

Blend B for me was more grown up, had a much nicer, smother more subtle flavour profile, but then what do i know.

The winner from the voting, all 250 or more votes, was Blend A so obviously others are seeing something I didn't, but it was pretty close with Blend A winning with 59% of the vote, so not as major as it could have been.


Battle of the Blends Blend A

Battle of the Blends Blend A I was really excited to be asked to join in with the judging of this competition between Dave Broom and Neil Ridley.

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My thoughts on this blend are that it's very rough, too hot with spices and cracked black pepper, there's lot of wood in there and for me it's just not too pleasant.

 

Light gentle wood oak and fresh fruits, hints of cinnamon spices and an edge of cracked black pepper, quite refrained and closed nose, creamy vanilla in the background, butterscotch Angel delight.

Creamy, woody, spicy, vanilla sugar, lots of heat and not a lot more to be honest, wood sap

Heat and lots of spices and cracked black better.

Bottle Name: Battle of the Blends Blend A
Age: NAS
ABV: 42.10
Distiller: Master of Malt
Bottler: Master of Malt
Type: Blend
From: Various, Not Scottish


Battle of the Blends Blend B

Battle of the Blends Blend B I was really excited to be asked to join in with the judging of this competition between Dave Broom and Neil Ridley.

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My thoughts on this blend are that it definitely comes across much like the compass box hedonism, that brown bread and vanilla note is distinctive and I know it's not one of the ones mentioned but it tastes and noses so much like it and it's very light and fresh, lovely gentle and sweet I like this a lot.

 

Light brown bread, this comes across strongly like compass box hedonism, very light on the nose with vanilla, fresh light syrup, light toast, gentle Bramley apple slices, wood sap and a hint of light cinnamon

Light gentle smoke, touches of aniseed, light syrup and tinned pears, more light toast and Bramley apples, soft and gentle but plenty of fresh flavours

Light, tangy, fresh

Bottle Name: Battle of the Blends Blend B
Age: NAS
ABV: 43.50
Distiller: Master of Malt
Bottler: Master of Malt
Type: Blend
From: Various, Not Scottish


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