The story goes that the Cadenhead shop in Campbeltown approached Mark Watt, as they felt left out at the festival-2019. There where Springbank, Hazelburn, Longrow, Kilkerran and Cadenhead festival bottles – but no shop festival bottle. Mark thought it was a fun idea – so they settled for a blend.
Rumours goes that there is old Macallan, Highland Park and such in it – but who knows. After some tastings of the initial blend, they (The Cadenhead team) thought it needed some kick, so they added some 8yo Lagavulin to the mix, just to kick it up.
Officially the blend contains 57,4% Speyside malt whisky, 5,6% Islay whisky and 37,0% Grain. The blend has married in 50 litre casks for 12 months.
Wee Cask Blend front
Wee Cask Blend Back
Cadenhead’s – The Wee Cask Blend (1)
•No. of bottles: 66
•Distilleries: Lagavulin, Highland Park, Macallan, Glentauchers, Girvan
Nose – The nose is deep, starting out sweet – with notes of dark cane sugar, sweets, and some sherry notes. After some time, it gets almost winery, with notes of red berries. The Lagavulin is not dominant in the nose, there is just some distant notes of peat and pepper, but far away – gets more in the foreground, the more the blend lingers in the glass.
Taste – The taste is sweet, a lovely grainy sweetness, with some slight pepper and smoke. A bit of vinegar in the end (in the good way) and oak too, also a bit of sea salt too. A nice blend, the Girvan gives a nice touch to the malts in this blend – could have been fun to taste it without Lagavulin, just to see the influence Lagavulin gives to this mix.
One of the good surprises at the Campbeltown Malt festival 2019.
Score – 86/100