Volume: 700ml ABV: 58.5% Age: 8 Years Old Country: Scotland
Blackadder is an independent bottler of single malt Scotch whisky founded in 1995 byRobin Tucek and John Lamond. Blackadder’s philosophy is very simple, they have a belief that the Cask is King. Sixty to seventy percent of the flavours in a whisky are taken up slowly from the cask as the spirit lies maturing in the warehouse. The whisky is always bottled in clear bottles to see the natural colour of the whisky. They offer a few different bottling series, ‘Raw Cask’ which is whisky direct from the cask without any mechanical filtering leaving fragments of the charred wood in the bottle. ‘Black Snake’ which was introduced in 2014 allowing the company to adopt a Solera system where aged single malts are placed into Oloroso or Px Sherry casks for further ageing. When the cask is deemed ready only two thirds of the casks is taken for bottling and the rest added to the next cask. ‘Red Snake’ uses only aged single malt but this time taking first fill ex Bourbon barrels and using them like in the ‘Black Snake’ bottling’s. ‘Smoking Islay’ is where very smoky Islay peated malt whisky is used but never revealed, a very exciting approach to drinking whisky indeed. ‘Peat Reek’ the casks are selected of whisky produced using malted barley that has been heavily impregnated with the phenols and creosols of a gently-smouldering peat fire. Peat Reek is available in both Raw Cask and 46% Vol versions. ‘Peat Reek Embers’ are specially-selected casks from the well-known Peat Reek portfolio. All have the heavily-peated quality that is a hallmark of Peat Reek, but some of the Embers range have been given cask finishes selected to help further complement the whisky.
The Blackadder Peat Reek Embers Special Reserve is an Islay single malt bottled by the independent bottler Blackadder. It matured in bourbon cask EMB 6 and was bottled in May 2018 at natural cask strength of 58.5% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour. A limited single cask release of 620 bottles.
Nose: Tar and sweaty asphalt with peat smoke followed later on by dry spices and grass
Palate: Powerful with leather, peat, asphalt and tar as well as some buttery cake