Blended Scotch Whisky Review: Thompson Brothers Blended Scotch Whisky TB/BSW Over 6 Years Old / Batch 2
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Thompson Brothers Blended Scotch Whisky TB/BSW Over 6 Years Old / Batch 2 / 46%
This new blended scotch whisky from Thompson Brothers (TB/BSW) is a combination of malt and grain scotch whisky aged for “over six years”, and my bottle is from their second batch. It is non-chill-filtered (NCF) and natural colour; they describe the goal of this blend as a traditional, sherry-focused whisky:
We have selected the components of the whisky to celebrate sherry maturation, and its character is inspired by the sherry-forward blends of the past. Once rested, the whisky is slowly diluted to 46% ABV — an excellent balance of easy-drinking quaffability and flavour-forward intensity. It is then bottled without chill-filtration and no colouring is added.
- Color: tawny (1.4)
- Nose: spiced wine, sherry, marmalade, cigar smoke, jerky, and sultanas
- Taste: more spice and tobacco; christmas cake, custard doughnuts, and tropical fruits
- Finish: long, semi-sweet, with plenty of sherry and earthy minerality
A lot of blends fail to be well-integrated, and come forward tone deaf, on one note, but I think this really nails a classic sherry blend. It’s rich, there’s oakiness, there’s sweetness but not excessively; it has nice hints of smoke and leather. Overall very relaxing, and for once I think the 46% is just right.
This is the new sherried blend to beat, especially at 30 pounds (!!).