Whisky Review: Acorn New Harmony Wardhead 1997 Aged 19 Years 

Style: Icy and Spicy

Nose:

Delicate orchard fruits strolling across a barley field. A nice yield of floral nectar and buttering aroma on the nose. Enticingly sweet while icy peppermint spice pushes in at a moderate strength. A nice balance of apples, fruitiness and cereal notes. Looking sharp but smooth.

Palate:

Feisty peppermint laying path for more orchard and stone fruits on the palate. Icy apple notes intertwined with the spices to form a nice backbone. Candy floss flies on top while malt butter undertone going lower. Nice delicate texture with a good balance.

Finish:

Malt brushes with a final glimpse of orchard fruitiness. The fruits stay on a while, sweet and smooth, finishes with a touch of white flower nectar.

Thoughts:

A very well structured Wardhead (for those who haven’t heard of Wardhead, it is Glenfiddich teaspooned with Balvenie, so it is technically a blended malt, but basically a Glenfiddich). Neat, sweet and balanced that makes you think that it is no coincidence that Glenfiddiich is now the best-selling single malt in the world. Not exactly complex, but the frosty, apple sweetness presented at optimum spice. Bueno.

☆ [Recommended]

[50.5% • 2016 Bottled • 1997 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Blended Malt • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Cask Number: 186]

-Esmond 

Tasted at Whisky & Alement, Melbourne