Maverick Drinks Reference Series III

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Blended Malt
Distillery Bottling
47.5 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
15 May 2014 10:11 pm by whisk-O-thek

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€ 309,14

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Whisky Reviews for Maverick Drinks Reference Series III

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.25 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    N: A little smoky with a rounded vegetal cardboard maltiness.
    T: Chocolate and malty woody vegetal delivery.
    F: Cottonwool rubbery mouthfeel. Long chocolate finish.
    C: There’s balance but none of us found it particularly awesome. Again for me, it was in the low 80’s which [uncomfortably] meant gold again. However, collectively our table scored it at 79 points which meant a very shiny silver. I scored this blend an 88 points some time back [May ’16].Scores a C

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Reference Series III 47.5% 
    N: Pancake=sponge and buttery corn malt with touches of [dryish] fruits.
    T: The gooey sponge continues with the sherry working equally well. Balanced, thumbs up.
    F: Nice wood bitters developing. Ideal
    C: Remember this is a base for the reference series but in itself is a far better whisky than many on the stands today [Whiskylive London 2016]. Further reading: MoM

    Scores a B
    Reference Series III.1 47.7%
    N: What a difference compared to the III.2 - thats the point right? The sherry finish has brought out the age[s] of the base blend. Pleasing heathery, buttery grain in the main, everything working just so.
    T: Salivating sherry into gooey sponge. Slides in, slides down - theres a wow factor going on here.
    F: Moves to cocoa/chocolate and more sherry=fluffy grain. Long finish with some good maturation showing. 
    C: just as good as the III.2 that followed. Maybe i prefer this a tad. Further reading: MoM

    Scores a B+
    Reference Series III.2 47.5%
    N: Currently the world’s best blended malt [Mar ’16]. Robust nose, lots of [Bruichladdich?] beefiness here and clotted cream maltiness - so plenty of age showing. Huge pancake malt with a broad depth. More fruity with water.
    T: Strong even with water, this is a bold, thick, dense dram. Its a little held/sustained……
    F: ….  before moving into ripples of raisins, woody raisins. Opens and widens into chocolate raisins. What a finish!
    C: Gotta love that finish, but maybe III.1 has the edge overall. Further reading: MoM

    Scores a B[+]

    I think the .1, .2's etc... deserve an WB entry in their own right [maybe in time they will].


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