Whisky Focus - Distell Malt Collection 2021

Distell Malt Collection 2021


4th October 2021
Distell Malt Collection 2021 is only four whiskies this year, they are a Deanston 2008 Oloroso Cask Matured, Tobermory 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured 17 Year Old, Ledaig 1999 Pedro Ximenez Cask Matured and Bunnahabhain 2011 Aonadh.

Distell Malt Collection 2021 -  Deanston 2008 Oloroso Cask Matured, Tobermory 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured 17 Year Old, Ledaig 1999 Pedro Ximenez Cask Matured, Bunnahabhain 2011 Aonadh.

The Distell Malt Collection 2021 is a rather reduced collection this year but it still offers whisky drinkers something which hopefully should be rather special, there is only four limited edition whiskies in this year line-up selected from the maturing stock of Distell's three Scotch malt whisky distilleries.

This years line-up of specially selected releases from Distell include Deanston 2008 Oloroso Cask Matured, Tobermory 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured, Ledaig 1999 Pedro Ximenez Cask Matured and Bunnahabhain 2011 Aonadh.

The Deanston 2008 Oloroso Cask Matured has been bottled naturally coloured and non chill-filtered at 52.7% ABV, it is described by Distell as being bursting with bold flavours of cherries, dark fruits and gingerbread, and the citrus, floral waxiness, unique to Deanston Distillery, a limited release of 13,227 bottles, this has a RRP of £80.

The first whisky in this years line-up which transports whisky fans to the beautiful island of Mull is a Tobermory 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured 17 Year Old single malt which has been bottled naturally coloured and non chill-filtered at 55.9% ABV, described as having notes of caramel, fruit and rose petal, balanced with hints of oak, leather and an unusually dry and nutty finish, a limited release of 11,124 bottles, this has a RRP of £130.

Offering whisky fans a taste of the peaty side of the Tobermory distillery is the Ledaig 1999 Pedro Ximenez Cask Matured, naturally coloured and non chill-filtered at 55.6% ABV, described as having notes of sweet coffee dark fruits and chocolate with bitter almonds and tobacco smoke, a limited release of 1,321 bottles, this has a RRP of £250.

From Islay’s most remote distillery comes the Bunnahabhain 2011 Aonadh, pronounced 'Oon-ouch' meaning ‘Union’ in Scots Gaelic, a reference to the blend of sherry matured and port finished whisky in Aonadh, bottled naturally coloured and non chill-filtered at 56.2% ABV Distell describe it as a rich, creamy and subtly spicy dram, a limited release of 14,088 bottles, this has a RRP of £120.

Julieann Fernandez, Master Blender at Distell said: "Each new expression showcases the very best of our single malt whisky portfolio here at Distell, passionately crafted by our distillery teams. Robin has created some beautiful prose that truly captures the spirit of each of the three distilleries, their link to the local communities and their surrounding landscapes – from the Southern Hebrides of Islay, the Inner Hebrides of Mull to mainland Scotland."

I haven't had the chance to taste any of the releases so I cant comment on their quality but they certainly sound interesting, you will find the official tasting notes below.

You will find all four of this years special releases from Distell available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Deanston 2008 Oloroso Cask Matured Review


Naturally coloured, non chill-filtered, bottled at 52.7% ABV. A limited release of 13,227 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Cherries and chocolate reminiscent of a black forest gateaux, followed by sweet spice, nutmeg and sultanas.

Taste: Treacle toffee, dark fruits and festive spice with hints of mocha and a touch of pine.

Finish: Long and warming finish with notes of gingerbread and nutmeg.
 

Tobermory 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured 17 Year Old Review


Naturally coloured, non chill-filtered, bottled at 55.9% ABV. A limited release of 11,124 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Packed full of toffee and caramel, followed by almonds, blackcurrant and a hint of spice.

Taste: Rose petals, tropical fruit, walnuts, cherry and creamy toffee balanced with oak, tannins and hints of leather.

Finish: Unusually dry and nutty finish with a ginger spice.
 

Ledaig 1999 Pedro Ximenez Cask Matured Review


Naturally coloured, non chill-filtered, bottled at 55.6% ABV. A limited release of 1,321 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle smoke is followed by notes of deep, rich, well-trodden grapes, raisins and dark fruits which give way to nuts and chocolate.

Taste: Sweet iced coffee, cocoa, raisins and candied fruits balanced with bitter almond and tobacco smoke.

Finish: Grapes and earthy tones with hints of smoke and spice.
 

Bunnahabhain 2011 Aonadh Review


Naturally coloured, non chill-filtered, bottled at 56.2% ABV. A limited release of 14,088 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich creamy vanilla with notes of brandy butter, caramel, indulgent berries and a subtle hint of oak.

Taste: Sweet red and black fruits are complimented with a cinnamon spice, roasted nuts and a slight saltiness coming through at the back.

Finish: Long finish with a fading spice reminiscent of chilli chocolate and hints of floral candy.
 

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