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Caramel & Smoked Bacon Meringue

Shetland Reel Batch Number 3

90.61 / 100

Smoky & Earthy Flavours

Visual: 4.32 /5  •  Aroma: 22.16 /25  •  Taste: 35.92 /40   •  Finish: 28.21 /30

Dram Code: E73

Producer: Saxa Ford

Bottler: Official

Type: Blended Malt Whisky

Cask: Unknown

Age: Not Stated

Country: Scotland

Region: Multiple

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 47%

Cask Strength: No

Release: 1 of 1800

Price: $97.61 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E73

Producer: Saxa Ford

Bottler: Official

Type: Blended Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Unknown

Age: Not Stated

Country: Scotland

Region: Multiple

ABV: 47%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: 1 of 1800

Price: $97.61 (at time of review)

About This Blended Malt Whisky

About This Dram

Shameless self-indulgence time… two days ago was my birthday, so I wanted to open up a personal favourite bottle. I put a lot of effort into getting this one on our shelves, and now it’s time to share it with my fellow Dram Association members.

I was given a sample of this whisky quite a while ago and asked if I was interested in bringing it in. I was. I really was. The problem, however, was that the importer had already been approached by the government stores, so unless I could find a way to take the entire shipment off of their hands at once, I would likely miss out on this amazing dram. I immediately contacted my friends at Legacy in Vancouver and JAK’s across the mainland and we agreed that between the three of us we could take all of it. Me being the catalyst however, had to put my money where my mouth was and take a large percentage of it.

So, why was I so adamant about getting this whisky in? Well, firstly it is absolutely delicious. A beautifully balanced mix of smoke and salt on a big creamy malty base. Secondly, it is stunning value. Thirdly, it has a really neat story behind it.

Saxa Ford, on the Shetland Isle of Unst, is now the most northernly distillery in Scotland, beating the former record (Highland Park) by over 150km! While their own whisky is now starting to be made and put to sleep in casks, they wanted to see quite how much of an impact the Unst climate would have on a whisky. They started by using Glenglassaugh malt (a Dram Association favourite). That experiment was so successful that they released it as Shetland Reel. They have since been tweaking the Shetland Reel including an Islay (assumed, but not confirmed to be Caol Ila), and have come up with this luscious blend to highlight the character of this northern coastal maturation. It has been very successful and is already sold out on Master of Malt in the UK, which I believe was the exclusive retailer in the UK. Only 1800 were produced, so we are very lucky to see it here in BC. My advice – if you like it, buy two!

 

Tasting Notes

Nose: honey, smoke, bacon, toffee apple, salted caramel, puff pastry, semolina, pineapple, meringues

Palate: wood smoke, cream. banana, cherries, toasted coconut, honey nut cheerios.

By Adam Bradshaw on March 08, 2020

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.