Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Syndicate 58/6 Blended Scotch Whisky
There's a detailed backstory that comes with Syndicate 58/6 but suffice it to say it's a blended Scotch whisky composed of 18 malts and four grain whiskies. They use a solera method of topping off casks and say that it contains "small quantities" of a blend dating back to 1958. It is finished for four years in Oloroso sherry casks.
Syndicate 58/6, 43% abv ($160)
The nose starts with malt and a touch of fruit. The palate is malt forward as well, but it picks up some grassy notes and wine, and there's a nice touch of pepper on the finish. This is a lighter, malty whisky. Despite the Oloroso cask finishing, the wine notes are very subtle. Tasting blind, I could have easily mistaken this for one of the Compass Box blends or maybe even an Irish Whiskey (due to its light, malty character).
This is a nice blend and certainly worth trying, but it's hard to recommend at this price point.
Disclaimer: A sample of this was provided to me by the company.