Tea Times news review The Tweeddale limited edition, small batch 3rd release.
Below is the review from Tea Time News.
“Before we begin tasting, it’s important to point out that the Tweeddale whisky is not your average whisky. The history behind this extraordinary whisky is enough on its own to make you love it.
In 1820, J&A Davidson Brewers and Whisky Blenders was established at Coldstream in the Scottish Borders and began to produce The Tweeddale. Sixty years later, Richard Day was born at the Lees Stables, Coldstream and in 1895 he joined J&A Davidson as an office boy.
Between 1899 and 1916, Richard learned the art of whisky blending and recorded all of the details of the blends he produced during these years in his ‘Cellar Book’. In 1923, Richard Day took over the company.
At the advent of the Second World War, the business was wound down and production of the Tweeddale ceased. In the years following the war, Richard slowly sold off his stock of whisky casks and the Tweeddale’s legacy seemingly came to an end.
The legend reborn
However, 70 years later, Alasdair Day inherited his great grandfather Richard’s cellar book and found the long-forgotten recipe for the Tweeddale blend. Alasdair decided to establish Stonedean Limited with the sole purpose of recreating The Tweeddale.
After studying his great grandfather’s careful notes, Alasdair produced the first batch of the revived Tweeddale in May 2010. By June 2011, the batch was exhausted and a new batch was created – the Tweeddale 12 year old. Stocks lasted until June 2013, during which time Alasdair worked on the re-designed Tweeddale 12 year old. Batch 3 was released in March 2013 and Tea Times was lucky enough to receive a sample of this small-batch, limited edition blend to sample.
Batch 3 is drawn from nine single casks – an aged single grain whisky and eight individually selected aged single malt whiskies, with a high malt content (50% grain, 50% malt). The release is not chill filtered, is bottled at 46% abv and has its natural colour, which is pale, clean and delicate.
The nose is pleasing, with understated chocolate notes complementing the comforting aromas of honeyed toffee.
The mouthfeel is smooth and extremely pleasant. The taste itself is a real delight that is worth the 70-year wait. Initially, the tongue is treated to a subtle spicy pepperiness, before the flavour develops into rich butterscotch, underlined by an almost festive dried fruit character.
The lingering finish is tingling and expands to fill the mouth satisfyingly with a subtle and refreshing sour citrus element just tantalising the tip of the tongue.
This is a beautifully crafted blend that skilfully showcases almost 200 years of whisky expertise. Richard Day’s legacy is well served in this well balanced tipple and whether you buy it for yourself or as a gift, someone is going to be very, very pleased.
Batches 1 and 2 sold out fast, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to sample a piece of whisky history. For more information and details of where to buy, go to http://rbdistillers.com/“