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Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old Review

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

Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year OldAerstone Sea 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 Sea Cask 10 Year Old is described as ‘Smooth and Easy’ on the pack, it is a classic Speyside-style single malt with nutty vanilla notes although it was most likely produced at the Ailsa Bay distillery at Girvan on the South Ayrshire coast. This whisky has developed its character from the time spent aging in warehouses located close to the sea on the Ayrshire coast, giving the whisky a subtle salty note on the finish.

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

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Creamy vanilla fudge, a little barley sugar sweetness and some distant orange citrus.

Taste: A lovely, light, smooth, malty delivery with a delicious mix of vanilla icing, barley sugar and sugared almonds, followed by a little candied orange and gentle oak joining the party.

Finish: A long lingering finish, the sweet vanilla oak takes an age to fade out leaving just the faintest salty note.

Comment: When I sat down with the Aerstone Sea Cask with the intention of reviewing it I only intended to pour my self one dram but ended up with another two pours, simply because it was so enjoyable. It isn't the most "complex" single malt you will ever come across, but that is a term over used by whisky critics which somehow qualifies a whisky as being better than others but for me what qualifies a whisky as being good is simply whether it is enjoyable and I can say that the Aerstone Sea Cask is a very enjoyable smooth easy drinking dram.

A deliciously moreish lighter style sweet Speyside single malt, although no region is stated, it is hinted that it has been produced at William Grant's Ailsa Bay distillery in Girvan in South Ayrshire which up until now we only know as a peated single malt.

Age does matter and this whisky also proves that fact and at £30 a bottle I would recommend this to whisky drinkers new & old. Did I say it was moreish already, delicious!

Hopefully there will be more to follow from Aerstone in this style, bottled at a higher strength and perhaps a few years older which could potentially be a outstanding whisky, but meanwhile I am more than happy to make do with the new Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old at £30 a bottle for now.

SMW Score 89/100

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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