Whisky Review: Acorn New Harmony Wardhead 1997 Aged 19 Years 

Style: Icy and Spicy


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.


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.


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.


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 • *]


Tasted at Whisky & Alement, Melbourne