Today I have the TB/BSW on the menu, a 6 year old blend from the Thompson Bros. After the affordable blended malt SRV5 that I really appreciated, it seemed only logical to give this one a try too. Especially because this one is also competitively priced by the gentlemen (Just under €50).
This small-batch release contains both single malt and grain whisky, but what exactly is in it is not known. But this whisky has an intriguing backstory. It was created by mistake when a particular single malt was accidentally poured into a tank while there was still some grain whisky left in it. Despite the small amount of grain whisky, it had become unusable for the distillery in question, so it was sold off. I understand that the small grain part is the youngest, so the larger part appears to be older than six years old.
I love these kinds of stories, but the thing is, they make me even more curious. Now I really want to know which distillery it is (I do have my suspicions, though…👀) and how old is that single malt part exactly! Anyway, let’s just try how it tastes, because I’m very curious about that too.
This Blend is bottled at 46% ABV.
TB/BSW tasting notes:
Nose: Lots of chocolate at first. Toffee. Then almonds. Raisins, plums, and honey. A hint of oranges, but also a note of blackberries. Later also nutmeg.
Taste: the chocolate is back. Honey and sweet raisins. Orange marmalade. A hint of lemons. Blueberries and blackberries. Almonds and a little bit of tobacco, but more into the background. A pinch of black pepper, nutmeg, and some cinnamon.
Finish: short to mid-long and slightly drying. With notes of cocoa, nutmeg, and cinnamon. But a hint of lemons too.
A rich and full blend, perhaps that is quite tasty and beautifully balanced. And also, great value for money; for not even €50 this is a no-brainer! The Thompson Bros surprised me again with this nice blend. Now, tell me what it is! 😉