Reviewed on Sun 27 Mar, 2016
Will probably become a sound little investment if you manage to hold onto this for 15-20 years, simply due to the interesting nature of the blend and the limited release.
This interesting release was a limited edition created in 2000, and contains whisky from 100 different distilleries, all blended together. Still fairly common on the secondary market, prices for this float between £60 and £80 on average - mine comes from two mini bottles that were bundled along with a limited release Australia decanter - also apparently filled with the same whisky.
On the nose: There's a lot going on here. Rich tea biscuits, oat cakes and cereal grains, with a definite hint (though not wallop) of sherry underneath. There's also something quite floral there - orange blossom maybe.
The taste: Ahh, it's a bit of a confused mess to be honest. It's pleasant enough, but tastes a bit raw on the palate and stings quite heavily for a vatted malt that's only sitting at 43%. Quite heavy on the cereal, with some oaky tannins and nuts - maybe almonds? - coming through. That initial sweetness and floral note from the nose has mostly disappeared.
The finish: Better, it's long and tastey, though very one-note. The cereal/grassiness lingers for quite a long time but none of the other flavours get a look in.
Personally... Will probably become a sound little investment if you manage to hold onto this for 15-20 years, simply due to the interesting nature of the blend and the limited release. It's nice enough - nicer than your average bottle of Chivas - but doesn't hold a candle to their current 18yr old releases or some of the other special editions. Still, it's an enjoyable dram if a forgettable one.
Personal Rating: 75/100
Value for Money: 75/100
Overall Rating: 75.2/100