Adelphi select single casks, then bottle straight from the cask at natural strength, without the addition of caramel colouring or chill filtration, with the intent of offering a unique and rare drinking experience that once sold out cannot be repeated. Recently, we met Alex Bruce of Adelphi Distillery and asked him what to expect from Adelphi’s selections, he replied simply “we like whiskies that aren’t shy, show perfect balance, and offer something unusual'.
We accept that the concept that single casks from the same cooperage, and filled with the same whisky, matured in the same cellar can be dramatically different. This might sound far fetched - that is, until you hear Glenmorangie’s Dr Bill Lumsden say that 60% of Whisky’s flavour comes from the wood, or Alex Bruce of Adelphi recite a story about tasting two consecutive casks from a well known Speyside distillery “…the first cask was a deep mahogany colour, and turned out to be one of the best whiskies we have ever found. However the second was pale and tasteless….” The combination of years of industry knowledge from two stalwarts, and our own tasting experience has us convinced that independent bottlings can offer some of the most exciting whisky experiences money can buy, as well as offering excellent value for money.
'..almost like two different, but equally outstanding whiskies for the price of one..'
Tasting Note: Very pale straw colour, with water like hue. The nose prior to the addition of water is classic Clynelish; Intense aroma of dried apricot and nectarine, toffee, and the slightest hint of smoke and salt. The addition of water exposes a distinctive ‘peaches and cream’ character, toasted almonds, vanilla and toffee. The palate is very intensely flavoured, bright, fresh and appealing. Flavours of dried apricot, toffee, coconut and vanilla delivered by a rich, creamy structure until a salty smokiness emerges on the back palate. The finish is exceptionally long and precise, with a very long slightly smoky, slightly salty aftertaste. Perfect balance. It’s worth noting that the perfect balance of this whisky allows it to be consumed at natural strength, for those looking for a more intense version of the distillery bottling. The addition of water gives a distinctively different experience, the palate becomes much more luscious and softer, the flavour profile ‘freshens’ up. It’s almost like two different, but equally outstanding whiskies for the price of one.
Distilled in 1993 Bottled in 2007 at 57.0%
282 bottles produced. Matured in Bourbon Oak.
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