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Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old Review

4th October 2018
Review of the new William Grant's Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old.

Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year OldAerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old is one of two new whiskies from William Grant & Sons launched under their new Aerstone single malt Scotch whisky brand aimed at simplifying the taste messaging in the single malt category.

Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old is described as ‘Rich and Smoky’ and is a peated single malt heroing the use of highland peat in the malting. This whisky’s flavours are developed in warehouses located further inland, allowing the smoky notes to shine through.

Bottled at 40% ABV it has initially launched in Tesco supermarkets nationwide.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Vanilla sweet smoke and a mild mix of gentle tangy and candied orange.

Taste: A deliciously rich and silky smooth sweet peaty delivery, everything the nose told you was coming and more, the brown sugared peat is joined by a touch of liquorice, a little vanilla toffee, salted caramel, a little candied fruit mix of lemon, orange and pear and a lovely touch of oak.

Finish: The lovely vanilla sweet peat smoke just lingers long into the finish eventually fading to leave some lemon citrus and mildly drying oak.

Comment: A delicious new single malt whisky from William Grant that breaks down Scotch whisky regional boundaries and merges the traditional Speyside and Islay styles of whisky together in the form of Aerstone Land Cask, and they have done it exceptionally well.

This just might be what the love child of the discontinued Balvenie 10 year old and a smooth peated Islay whisky would taste like, undoubtedly a close relative of the smoky Ailsa Bay single malt launched by William Grant a couple of years ago and just as good in quality but at £30 a bottle this is an affordable quality rich smoky everyday dramming whisky.

SMW Score 92/100

As I said above the new Aerstone whisky range has initially launched in Tesco supermarkets nationwide but no doubt in the future it will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt but for now it is only available in Tesco.

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