Blended Malt Scotch Whisky The Anniversary Dram - XO

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Daily Dram (DD)
Bottling serie
Anniversary Edition - Volume 11
45.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Sep 2016 4:37 pm by JSW

Average value

€ 99.50

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28 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky The Anniversary Dram - XO

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.46 points

  1. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great sweet malt, reminiscent of some Irish, the hint of salt and smoke reminiscent of HP and Hazelburn, great thing.
    • Nose
      Mega honey, honey melon, beeswax, creamy, cotton candy, toffee, vanilla, light oak, popcorn, pear, lychee, white chocolate, plum cake, honeyed apples
    • Taste
      Lychee, honey, melon, papaya, passion fruit, popcorn, a nice touch of salt as a contrast, hint of wood smoke as well, brown sugar, Demerara, pear, fresh cocoa powder, beautiful malt, some autumn leaves, sweet tobacco, a few nuts vllt?
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, malt, popcorn, passion fruit, honey, sweet tobacco

  2. Ra_Di scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of MaltNose: Crème caramel, cinnamon dusted fruits, oak and a hint of forest floor.Palate: Spicy as it opens, but this is soon balanced by red fruits and tinned peach. A hint of smoke, perhaps?Finish: There's a little bit of peat in here. Still fruity.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Liqueur of Dades

    Through the grapevine I heard that this blended malt consists of Macallan, Highland Park and Glenrothes and might also have some Tamdhu and Glenturret in the mix. If that were the case, then this would actually be the malt-base of the Famous Grouse, sans the grain. Not sure if that is a compliment. On the other hand, they are each and every one of them great malts. And with XO on the label, which stands for Extra Old, I presume, this might in fact be a stunner.

    Oh, my, what a wonderfully old school nose. Very waxy and creamy and fruity. Reminds me of plum pie, baked apples in honey, autumn leaves, roots and a dusty back room in the local library. Even though there is no age statement on the label, the nose dose the XO mention justice. This smells old indeed.

    The body is rather light, but on the palate it continues where the nose left off and offers some earthy notes next to the dark fruit – even something peaty. Not like an Ileach, of course, but still. Could that be the HP in the mix? The autumn leaves reappear and some tobacco joins in. Walnuts? Soft on the spices, yet feisty.

    A big hit of woodspice hits me in the finihs, but then it slowly dies on all kinds of dark notes like a liqueur of dades.

    Well, whatever the composition of this blended malt, this is a lovely whisky and would do very well as an after dinner dram.

  5. theroachman did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com wrote on 2016-09-27:
    The Anniversary Dram XO (45.4%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams, blended malt, 2016) XO,
    so Extra Old, in Cognac means that the youngest component is a least 6
    yo (until 2018 when it’s going to be 10 years, apparently). But I’m sure
    this is much older, even if the price is fair (around 100 Belgian
    Euros!) Colour: gold. Nose: very very nice, not unlike some old
    Glenrothes or even Glenlivet, even if this is more ‘immediate’. Old
    books, wax polish, honey, apple crumble, and then a very lovely sappy
    earthiness that adds some extra-dimensions. Mouth: some kind of peat
    coming through now – but that could be wood spices as well, tobacco,
    cherry liqueur, propolis, pinesap… Some pepper and even curry and
    juniper tend to take over on your tongue, but the whole never loses its
    balance. Solid body. Finish: rather long, really spicy now. Comments: I
    find it excellent, really full-bodied, feeling more like 50% vol. than
    45. Very good composition. SGP:462 - 87 points.


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