The Tweeddale whiskies are our heritage contingent of our Borders whiskies, one half of the R&B family.
Our current three-strong Tweeddale collection is inspired by, and lovingly recreated from an original recipe for ‘The Tweeddale’ first produced by ‘J&A Davidson: Brewers, Licenced Grocers & Whisky Blenders’ in 1820 and later blended by Alasdair’s great-grandfather up until the outbreak of WWII.
Building on the legacy of our Coldstream forefather, today’s Tweeddale collection consists of one carefully crafted blend, plus a single malt, and a single grain whisky which are also used in Batch 4 of the blend.
Just as when Alasdair’s great-grandfather Richard Day was blending, each new batch of The Tweeddale blended whisky has adopted subtly different characteristics to its predecessor, making each edition truly unique.
The blend has a high malt content (50% malt, 50% grain), and each modern batch has won coveted whisky awards, as well as being rated in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bibles.
So without further ado, let us introduce you to The Tweeddale in all of its previous incarnations…
Past Bottlings, So Popular They’re All Gone…
The Tweeddale Blended Scotch Whisky: Batch 1
(First bottled May 2010. All enjoyed by June 2011, although we’ve been known to spot unopened bottles in the odd whisky auction.)
Whisky Bible Score: 89.5
Our first batch of blended whisky upon reviving The Tweeddale was comprised of a single grain whisky aged ten years blended with eight single malt whiskies ranging from 10 to 21 years old – each one drawn from a single cask.
The Scotch used was sourced predominantly from the Lowlands, with additions from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay to provide an indulgent and wonderfully unique balance of flavour. Boasting a high malt content, The Tweeddale is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV, in-keeping with the original recipe handed down through the Day family.
Colour: Pale Gold, hint of amber.
Nose: Sherry, honey, toffee with a whiff of smoke.
Body: Full bodied, yet smooth.
Palate: Warming, sweet toffee with ripe melon and dried fruit.
Finish: Rounded, long, lingering spiciness.
The Tweeddale Blended Scotch Whisky: Batch 2
(First bottled June 2011. Every last drop drank by June 2013, although we’re sure some whisky collectors have squirrelled some away.)
Awards: Whisky Bible Liquid Gold Award, World Whiskies Awards 2013 Gold
Whisky Bible Score: 94.5
Evolved from our first batch of The Tweeddale, this blend used seven of the eight original malts selected.
The eighth malt is was sourced from a new cask; this malt was the same grain as before and also from a sherry butt, but instead of being aged 10 years, the final malt for Batch 2 was Batch 1’s older brother at 15 years.
Colour: Pale Gold, hint of amber.
Nose: Mellow, sherry, toffee.
Palate: Rich, full yet delicately flavoured.
Finish: Rounded, with hints of spice.
Currently Available Tweeddale Whiskies…
The Tweeddale Blended Scotch Whisky: Batch 3
Blended February 2013. Bottled March 2013. Released 14th March 2013. The last bottles can only be found in Canada and USA.)
Awards: Whisky Bible Liquid Gold Award,
Whisky Bible Score: 95
Batch 3 is of course an evolution of batches 1 and 2; using an 18 year old malt matured in sherry butts as its final component to lend a slightly smoother mouthfeel.
All seven of the malts hail from the same casks as in previous batches. However this time there is the notable difference that each whisky is a year older, ranging from 13 to 21 years, with the principal malt being a 14 year old Scotch. Keeping to our inherited recipe we again added 2% Islay whisky, however this time it was a wee bit more subtle than the smoky notes present in Batch 1.
This release had a lovely natural colour, was non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. Only 300 bottles were produced, adorned with a special new design, making this our most limited edition release yet.
Colour: Natural, pale gold.
Nose: Green apple, raisins, vanilla with a hint of white chocolate.
Palate: Complex gingery spice, layers of green fruit, then raisins and finally vanilla coming through.
Finish: Smooth yet with lasting vanilla and spice.
The Tweeddale Blended Scotch Whisky: Batch 4
(Blended August 2013. Released October 2013. Currently available to buy.)
Awards: Whisky Bible Liquid Gold Award, World Whiskies Awards 2014 Silver
Whisky Bible Score: 94
In Batch 4 the single grain is slightly younger at 16 years old, and now comes from a refilled hogshead rather than a sherry butt as with the previous releases.
Seven of the malts for batch four again came from the same casks the initial three batches – and once again they are just a tad older at 14 to 21 years. The lowland malt we selected is this time 14 years old, and matured in an Islay cask.
Our fourth release of The Tweeddale has natural colour, again is non-chill filtered, and was bottled at 46% ABV. Batch 4 is a limited edition run of 1,420 hand-numbered bottles.
Natural Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Spiced milk chocolate, vanilla galore, sugared nuts and fresh lemon curd. All engulfed by sweet malty cereal goodness and baked apple, and a wee hint of smoke.
Palate: Oily and lovely mouth feel. Quite spicy with pepper and ginger than getting more dark chocolate, cloves, touch of bitter expresso and candied almonds.
Finish: Warming. Sweet sultana coated with dark chocolate praline. Drying and medium to long.
Tasting notes courtesy of Gal Granov (Whisky Israel).
The Tweeddale Single Cask, Single Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Aged 14 Years
(A component of The Tweeddale Blend Batch Four. 200 bottles produced. Currently available to buy.)
The Tweeddale Single Malt 14yo is an interesting, single cask bottling. Aged in an ex-bourbon hogshead that previously held an Islay whisky, it has a slight smokiness to it derived solely from the cask and not the whisky itself.
Bottled at 46% ABV, The Tweeddale Single Malt has a natural colour, and has been non-chill filtered from a single cask that formerly contained an Islay malt.
Colour: Light gold
Nose: Creme brûlée, a citrus burst and some nuttiness.
Palate: Smooth, sweet and hints of lime and tangerine, with slight smokiness due to the ex-Islay cask.
Finish: Gingery, slightly dry with a lingering nuttiness.
The Tweeddale Single Cask, Single Lowland Grain Scotch Whisky Aged 16 Years
(A component of The Tweeddale: Batch 4. 300 bottles produced. Currently available to buy.)
As is fitting for any member of the single grain whisky family, The Tweeddale Single Grain is a satisfyingly light and sweet Scotch.
Bottled at 46% ABV, The Tweeddale Single Grain whisky has a natural colour and is non-chill filtered from a single refill bourbon cask, which has lent a light sweetness, vanilla and toffee notes to the liquid.
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Spicy oak notes dominate with some vanilla influence. There is a sharper element to the nose reminiscent of lemon and sea salts.
Palate: Very sweet on the first taste but develops with more oak influence and even some perfume or floral characteristics. Quite surprising for an older grain whisky to be this salty but it is certainly pleasant.
Finish: A robust fruity finish with much more vanilla after a while. Great recollections of rhubarb and custard sweets. It fades into a creamy and fairly dry oaky finish which is even softer if water was added.
Tasting notes courtesy of Royal Mile Whiskies.
Of course, when it comes to any whisky, one person’s creme brûlée may be another’s chocolate fondant. So, as long as you’re enjoying it (or not), feel free to describe it in your own words.