I was recently asked if I would like to try a sample of the Syndicate 58/6 which is a blended whisky, this is quite the award winner having won gold at the IWSC in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. So what is the Syndicate 58/6? It is a blend which contains 18 single malt whiskies and 4 single grain whiskies. The quality has been maintained over the 12 years by operating a “Solera” system*, when the additional 12 year old whiskies are added, they are rebounded with the older stock. Therefore this been still contains small quantities of the original 1958 blend. I was sent this sample by Douglas Laing, ooh! and some chocolates – can’t forget them.
The blend has also been “married” and finally matured for up to 2 years in 4 year old Oloroso sherry casks.
*Solera is a process for ageing liquids such as whisky, by fractional blending in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing as the process continues over many years. The purpose of this labor-intensive process is the maintenance of a reliable style and quality of the beverage over time…
The nose is sweet and you do get the warm hint of sherry, caramel and dark muscovado sugar. Soft hints of vanilla, honey and orchard fruits and also some orange. Delicate spices come through on the nose too. The palate delivers a very smooth mouth feel, yet it is rich and flavourful, caramel and apple come through. I did try a sip with the flipping brilliant sherry finished (Scotch whisky) dark chocolate truffle and they were fab together. The finish is lovely on this whisky, an easy drinker.
Thanks for the opportunity to try this Douglas Laing.