El Vino 16 Year Old Connoisseurs Blend
Furthering my month of Blended whisky I was very kindly sent a sample of El Vino 16 Year Old Connoisseur's Blend by Billy Abbott (@cowfish).
This blend is the house blend from the El Vino specialist wine retailers in London where i believe they vat and mature the whisky in their own sherry casks.
I was really impressed with this a cracker of a blend, just don't go buying it all before Billy does.
The nose on this is really very familiar but reminds me more of a malt that a blend, it doesnt have the dewy grass / grain notes that i normally associate with blends it's quite rich with dried fruits and malt loaf, there's a touch of liquorice and brown bread in there also, very pleasant.
initially quite watery in nature, not too many flavours jump out here, it's got a touch of fruity sweetness that could be dried fruit like and a little bit of lightly toasted white bread with melted butter.
a touch of spice and a kiss of dried fruit sweetness
Inchgower 2002 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glen Spey 2004 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Benriach 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Battle of the Blends 2015