MoM liquers tasted by one of our team of sexy, talented and intelligent guest bloggers: Chris ‘The Tiger’ White!

chris-whiteThe chaps at Master of Malt have taken whisky from one of Speyside’s most well-known distilleries (no, I’m not going to name it!), worked their magic and created a range of aged liqueurs. The liqueurs start at a young and energetic ten years old and culminate in the world’s oldest whisky liqueur – a whopping forty years old. According to MoM’s Sales Director, Ben Ellefsen, these are complex liqueurs “that a whisky connoisseur can enjoy”. This ambition is clear from the variety of ingredients they’ve chosen to compliment each of the whiskies; grapefruit, cinnamon, orange peel, white peach and cloves to name but a few. I certainly wouldn’t call myself a connoisseur but I’ll give my tuppence worth regardless. Chris kindly gave me samples from the older end of the range and this is what I made of them…

21yo Speyside Liqueur
Master of Malt
39% ABV
£59.95 from here

Nose:Orange peel and lime wedges are the obvious initial top notes. Searching further I get demerara sugar, nuts, mince pies and caramel popcorn.

Palate:Keylime pie and grapefruit juice to open, then giving way to dark treacle, toffee apples and a plummy sweetness. It almost has a brandy-esque quality about it. Delicious.

Finish: Light, sweet and long. The cloves which were apparent on the nose but mysteriously absent upon tasting suddenly come back to give this a warming bite to finish.

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30yo Speyside Liqueur
Master of Malt
40% ABV
£109.96 from here

Nose:Different style of sweetness compared to the 21yo – it noses a bit lighter. Candyfloss, pineapple and pears. Notes of vanilla fudge and crème brûlée are kept in check by gentle oakiness, rich fruits and dark chocolate.

Palate: Blueberries and blackberries, coffee, cinnamon and a noticeable sherry butt influence. Stays fresh, however, with hints of fresh wood and faint orange zest.

Finish: Really quite long, rich and intense. Slightly drying.

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40yo Speyside Liqueur
Master of Malt
43% ABV
£219.95 from here

Nose: Rich and impressively complex. Christmas cake, walnuts, raisins, cocoa powder, chocolate orange. Somewhat ‘fizzy’ on top though; apples and grapes cut through.

Palate: Thick and oily with cloves, spices and sloe berries. These flavours predominate but a soft sweetness can also be found with pine wood, nuts, cranberries and lemon barley water lurking around.

Finish: Long and chewy, rich and warming. A winter warmer.

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Overall:Three very different yet equally intriguing liqueurs. In my opinion, the MoM guys took a bit of a risk by experimenting with such remarkable whisky to begin with, however they’ve managed to add something new and complimentary to the whisky whilst maintaining the essence and character of the spirit. Job well done.

The Tiger

Comments

  1. Cheers for the reviews Tiger – glad you enjoyed them!

    Now, if only we could teach you how to keep a cigar from unravelling…

    :)

  2. No worries Ben, some cracking liqueurs there!

    I’ll have to practise my cigar smoking technique for the next time you’re around these parts…

    :)

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