Country: Scotland
Type: Blended Malt
Bottler: Blackadder
ABV: 53.2%
Score: 92 points

Blackadder "Westport" 1997 Blended Malt. Photo ©2020, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.This blended malt came from a 1997 cask labeled as “Westport,” which was the code word among blenders for a cask of Glenmorangie “teaspooned” with a bit of Glen Moray, which was part of the Glenmorangie family at the time. By adding a bit of whisky from Glen Moray to the cask, the distillery ensured that it could never be bottled as a single malt in the future. The nose has notes of baked orange peel, dark fruits, toffee, charred oak, and toasted caramel. The taste is thick, chewy, and peppery with black pepper and a hint of cinnamon balanced by dark fruits, toffee, and a hint of orange peel. A few drops of water opens up the fruitiness on the palate, while the finish is long and dry with a good balance of spices and fruits. (June, 2020)