Blind Dram 2 – Adelphi Blended Scotch Whisky 40% ABV


Initially tasted blind as part of the ‘BlindDrams BTC40’ Twitter tasting. A blend of grain and malt whisky is from private stock which is kept in a solera system. Suspected to contain spirit from from Islay, Speyside, and Campbeltown.

Appearance: Tizer orange. A thick tide mark quickly transforms into a series of teardrops and large beads. Thick trails appear upon further agitation. There’s a decent viscous film. Quite sticky in appearance.

Nose: Low ethanol ‘hit’ heaps of fruit salad sweets and foam bananas. Sour apple boiled sweets and rhubarb and custard sweets. There are just lots of sweet shop aromas! Plenty of vanilla and hay barn air. As the dram matures, the alcohol seems to grow a little, adding a little more gentle spice.

Palate: A thin mouthfeel. Quite savoury with a little digestive biscuit. Sugar-dusted apple, garden mint and honey. Parma violets, some floral notes, banana and caramel. It tastes thin and low ABV. Some black pepper and ginger.

Finish: Short. The parma violets, apple and honey all last for a very short while. Black pepper hums along in the background for an equally brief time.

Overall: No thanks, way too thin and lacking in any depth of interest. I’d say it’s a cheap supermarket brand or bottom shelf distillery release.

Rating blind: 1 out of 5

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