This is a funky new expression from the folk at Elixir Distillers, a Blended Malt Whisky, but one from a single Ex-Sherry Butt. On the nose it is full of old fashioned confectionary shop notes such as toffee apples, butterscotch, fudge, cherry liqueur and spiced plum compote. On the palate it is soft, with a sweet spicy arrival, followed by stewed fruits, and demarara sugar in the finish.
The keen eyed may notice that this blended malt has a stated distillation date. This suggests one of two things; that this was 'blended at birth', or that it was 'teaspooned'. Blending at birth is an archaic process based on the concept of the marriage of malts from two or more distilleries in cask. Teaspooning is a practice whereby a distiller sells a cask of single malt spirit placing just one drop of another make in the cask before sale, the result is technically a blended malt, but practically a single malt.