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Whisky Reviews for Cadenheads Anomaly Blended Malt
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.32 points
- Purest GREEN/BLACK whisky - work of the devil but its damn delicious.....apparently the youngest whisky is from 1987. No age statement as bottled and shipped to the states in 1997. Returned in 2004 and the bottles emptied into a bourbon hoggie until bottled for the Campbeltown Virtual Festival 2021. Its a bonkers dram - malt blend but no one seems to have a clue which malts or how it became purest green!!!! An entertaining talking point, and quite bloody delicious
- [May, 2021] They did great marketing on this stuff during the online tasting but to be honest, I found it of quite sub-standard quality and limited enjoyment. Yes, it is a nice story with the "re-discovered" malt overseas shipped back and re-racked for future maturing but a nice story does not make up a great malt, always...
...and a green-coloured dram is a clear indication that something went wrong with the cask(s). All green malts I tried so far (among them a 1967 Ardbeg and an old Springbank) tasted flawed and (somewhat) disgusting. Same with this "anomaly blend" - it owns an interesting but mostly unpleasant profile I do neither like to sniff nor to drink, to be honest. But if you like it (or the story) go for it, there is no accounting for taste!
The colour is greenish and the nose offers a dirty and flawed profile with lots of grassy and cheesy notes embedded in brackish water. There is another strange aroma which I neither can classify nor do I like it, so I do not care about further investigations. But it was interesting to sniff this dram, at least once.
The taste is very strange too with heavy bitter wooden notes killing a rather simple malt profile. Again, most flavours I do not like at all - so I call this a failed experiment (according to my taste buds, only). But I am sure some people will like such a strange taste, and this is absolutely okay.
The arrival is disappointingly unimpressive with neither warming nor coating impressions but an unpleasant astringent mouthfeel. The finish is short as a lightning and very bitter with disgusting cardboardy notes from old woods. Water strengthens the unpleasant flavours only so forget about any reduction. This is a "masochistic" dram, to be honest.
- Fun.. thats all