Overall rating
86.94/100
votes
86
Whiskybase ID
WB218929
Category
Blend
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
Batch Strength
Bottled
2022
Casktype
Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
1715
Strength
43.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
08 oct 2022 9:29 pm by Turech
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 78.75

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86 × member ratings

268 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Blended Scotch Whisky Meadowside Blend MBl

23 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.94 points.

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An absolute PLV winner. But regardless of the unbelievable starting price, the blend is just really good. 86 points.
    • Nose
      A gorgeous nose. there is so much Dried fruits, chocolate, apples, some oak, dark fruits. Great!
    • Taste
      Quite light and flattering. Very sweet, dates, milk chocolate, hints of oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length (almost short), pleasantly chocolaty.

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  3. Likudi scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, I can't support the hymns of praise in the base and also on Youtube. I didn't like the grain notes at the beginning. In general, I would have wished for a little more aromas - especially from the old barrels that were rumored to be there.
    This strengthens my assumption that the two old casks no longer had the required 40% alcohol content and that the other casks were used in the blend to "boost" to over 40%. And since alcohol is also an aroma and flavor carrier, it is possible that the intensity of the aroma and its transport have suffered as a result. The taste is almost sweet, but the other flavors remain in the background. I also had no rich sherry notes or raisins and the like, which would otherwise be typical of well-aged sherry malts. I would also be interested to know how much grain there was in this mixture in the end. Of course I'll give him one or two more chances to change my mind - maybe the aromas will change with more air in the bottle. As of today, I'm rather disappointed, it dazzles more than it shines.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Immediately after pouring, the grain content in the blend is clearly evident in the smell. Very malty, slightly chemical and lots of honey. Overall, the bouquet is very gentle and shy. Is it due to the low 43%, but the whiskey is a little stingy with its aromatic pleasures. After around ten to 15 minutes, the still very honey-intensive nose is joined by plenty of vanilla and almond cream or marzipan. As a fruity part, puree of very ripe yellow apples, pears and greengage can be recognized. With about 25 to 30 minutes of rest, milk chocolate with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the background lays itself on top as a layer that brings the other aromas together in a homogeneous olfactory play. The fruit notes change over time from the initially lighter ones more towards sour cherries, strawberries and raspberries. The grain at the beginning is no longer noticeable - neither is the alcohol.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The drop starts velvety soft, very creamy and at the same time with a very clear sweetness that is reminiscent of blossom honey. Behind it is a decent piece of cake with a topping of white chocolate. The fruit doesn't break down well, it's more of a creamy potpourri of bright fruits like apples and pears with some strawberries and cherries. You can also taste the ground almonds to a paste. But in addition to the very intense sweetness, the other flavors remain more in the background for me. There is no sign of the alcohol at all. Maybe a little more percentage would have helped to push the flavors more.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Towards the finish, some oak shows you through a slight spiciness, but very subtle for the sometimes very long barrel storage. Furthermore, the sweet honey is on the palate. Overall he remains medium short with medium.

  5. ThorstenH scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Yoghurt Gums. Sweet and tasty. Becomes flat and bitter at the back. A pity.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. unnamed_0815 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A great aroma, an excellent taste and a nice finish. This could have been a very special bottling if the strength had been at 46% vol. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a bit watery. Whining at a very high level. Definitely try it if you get the chance. Thanks André for the tip!

  8. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Value for money is excellent! Nice blend.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruits, rather red and dark, ripe fruit, somewhat sweet, fermented fruit mass, cane sugar.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The alcohol is not felt, ripe nectarines. Sweetness, then comes spicy tart oak and more fruit aromas.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The aftertaste is rather long. The fruit is replaced by the spicy oak, bitter chocolate and very light dryness.

  9. craide scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, aromatically diverse blend. Great harmonious line with intense notes.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very smooth and round nose. Without corners and edges but still quite intense in terms of aromas. Wood, dusty like an old musty attic, honey and vanilla transport a lot of sweetness. This will also get more intense over time. There are also spices and herbs like marzipan and cinnamon. Fruity notes accompany this rather dark-looking nose. Raisins, plums, peaches, apricots and oranges. A nice fruity mix. Tobacco and leather complement this old-looking character. Chocolate, brown cane sugar and cherry pralines are added in the background.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Slightly tingling mouthfeel. Seems a bit thin at first sip, but all the flavors are conveyed very well. Oak spice, sweetness, peach, amarena cherry ice cream, apricots bring fruity elements. In addition again marzipan and cinnamon. All soft and creamy.
      With honey, vanilla, nuts and chocolate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short but intensely sweet and spicy finish, soft, wood, slightly bitter with peach and cocoa.

  10. The_Independent scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another blind sample by Laird Blonag.

    Unfortunately, I didn't come up with a blend, although it was so obvious. If in doubt, I would have settled on a very nice, mildly soft but intense bourbon, but it was clear that it wasn't a single cask.

    The aromas are simple, but beautifully structured and intense, like a nice dessert whisky. I'm guessing 43 percent, a NAS that comes from a batch of different barrels because it's all so smooth and soft with no rough edges. But just delicious and beautiful. I would like a bottle of that to just sip on.
    • Nose
      87 87
      blind sample:
      A very harmonious, very round, but nevertheless very intense structure. The sweetness gets more and more intense over time. American oak, lots of vanilla sweetness, marzipan, powdered sugar, rum sauce.
      Fruitier with water, raisins, plums, strawberry sauce.
      Either wet bourbon casks with a finish were involved or this is very nice bourbon.
    • Taste
      87 87
      blind sample:
      Lots of oak sweetness and again simple flavors but very nicely structured and with a very nice mouthfeel. Really great, a little too intense sweetness and again I have to think of a very tasty dessert whiskey or a very round bourbon. There is also a woody, dark, slightly spicy sweetness from marzipan and that's why I'm guessing a very good, mild bourbon at 43 percent.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Soft, somewhat thin, but again very nice mouthfeel. The finish is rather short and has a lush, dark, slightly spicy sweetness.

  12. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My first impression: a very excellent blend, the old barrels are particularly effective on the nose - but you should (like me) be a nose fetishist: depending on the glass, it loses its nose after 30-45 minutes, which is due to the low alto -barrel share may lie. But he's there to drink anyway, so Slàinte Mhath!
    Definitely a must have for the price! Thank you Andre for the tip and your YouTube video
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. BuzzT scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. Captain Teague scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    N: Starts sweet w honey (medium dark ;)) w an old wood burning candles and acetone coulour .... Later opens to more fruits apricot...slight Maggi - rather bullion touch ....pipe tobacco w a slight cherry/vanilla twist...dust..wet stone.... Fresh grain ...no muld in this old mill :) great 90

    T: light and super oily for 43%...a bit more alcohol would still be good.. besides that Sticks to the old house impression sadly a bit less intense than in the nose ...add a lot of honey more fruits like red Apple..stronger on the (cherry) pipe tobacco note...boullion 89

    T/f: no big transition..easy..Subtile sherry and oak notes mixed w. Tobacco stay quite a while (medium) 87

    O wow so easy to quaff and smell.. oldscool balanced sherry...misses a bit in complexity and power to gain 90 but in terms of balance, harmony and integration of alcohol its perfect. And you get a lot of old bottle notes that you usually would, easily, pay double the price for to experience. easy to give a 88.5-- 89 here for me.

    One that will complement enthusiasts as well as newbies...we had some good blends this year..but this in a blind? I would have said to be an older version of propperly aged sherry cask Highlands or Speyside rather lowland light bottled at too low strength..

    note to myself I have to nose it in the 1920s blender glass...

  16. Choas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A really special blend that conveys really nice old aromas and, despite the low drinking strength, a mouth-filling aroma. But it's still a bit over the top for my taste and doesn't convince me 100%. This is probably also the reason for the humane price. But for about €70, it's a really nice purchase, which I probably wouldn't feel like doing much too often.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Round, red fruity, leather and old books, mushy peach, dark wood, slightly fermented, tobacco, cider, chocolate, dusty, more brown sugar after the first sip,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Alcohol goes well, rotten peach, liqueur-like sweetness, strong wood, beautiful fruit aromas come up, dark and old, becoming tart, the wood increases continuously
    • Finish
      89 89
      The fruit goes, the notes of old wood remain, slight bitterness, tart fruits, Cointreau, peach liqueur and some cupboard wall, the alcohol then becomes a bit too bitter and dominated by wood, it remains gentleman's chocolate with peach jelly, very long finish

  17. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Delicious dazzling experience, many individual parts, but a well-rounded whole.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very fruity with lots of juicy mirabelle plum and apricot liqueur, then a hint of the old: Stencil paper from my school years in the 1970s, grandma's nut brittle pralines and a hint of the old wooden kitchen drawers lined with paper that were washed out with water by this same rubble woman (which is more of a positive association).
      All in all interesting, slightly spicy and tightly interwoven.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft and oily, aromas of oiled tropical wood, honey, then fruit like ripe grapefruit with brown sugar.
      Everything clean and clear, nothing disturbs. The alcohol content seems to me to be high enough to carry the taste, which is just as multifaceted as the nose.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still "old" flavors that are enriched with tannins and are still traceable and chewable for a medium length.

  18. Isabell scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    For today's time, this is a sensational price-performance ratio. A very nice blend, which has a set and mature taste. It's great that whiskeys like this still exist today.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. steinrich scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good beginner!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. GlenBruck did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Zitat Andy Hart:

    "The oldest cask in the blend is a hogshead of 1965 blended whisky, in this 1965 the recipe was Clynelish, Macduff, Teaninich, Dailuaine and Invergordon.
    The 1973 hogshead was a blended Scotch which we did not know the recipe of.
    The 1992 sherry butt was a blend that had a few different whiskies in, which we didn't know either. We added another blend to the butt that had Dumbarton, Aberfeldy, Ardmore, Miltonduff, Tobermory and Port Dundas.
    Then we added one sherry butt of younger blended scotch whisky which we do not know the recipe for.
    Once the blend was vatted together we filled it into sherry butts and let them mature for a couple of months.

  22. u485tfu scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    great whiskey, you can taste maturity, honey, wax, vanilla, a flatterer

  23. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. Laga93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Dark fruits, beeswax
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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