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A special bottle of whisky selected by The Whisky Exchange to celebrate April Fool’s Day 2023. While it will almost certainly elevate anything you cook using it, now that the day has passed, we recommend opening this 37-year-old blended malt Scotch whisky to drink, maybe after dinner. Over its four decades in cask, it has developed a rich and complex character packed with nuts and caramel. An excellent dram, although maybe not one to add to a spaghetti bolognese…Tasting Notes (1)
For decades, The Whisky Exchange has been at the forefront of innovation in the whisky world. Now, in 2023, we have widened our ambitions to the whole world of gastronomy. Introducing The Gastronomy Selection, a totally incredible range of high-end whiskies, specially hand-selected to enhance and enliven the finest cuisine, both at home and in the professional kitchen.
This first edition is a flexible whisky, equally at home in a tomato-rich ragu or a spiced-up upside-down cake. And, if you run out of ideas, you can even drink it.
Transform you terrines, modify your macarons, uplift your udon – add The Gastronomy Selection to your kitchen, today!
While this 1 April release will work very well as an ingredient in the finest of fine cuisines, we’d definitely recommend finding a glass and drinking it on its own.
It’s a great blended malt, well aged and packed with fruit, nuts, honey and caramel notes – the perfect after dinner treat, on any day of the year, April Fool’s or not. As long you don’t pour it all into a stew.
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37 Year Old
No of Bottles
Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Fine Devon fudge and butter toffee, made with milk from undisturbed cows, the finest hand-spun cane sugar and sea-salted, long-cultured farmhouse butter. Freshly shelled hazelnuts and Swiss milk chocolate follow, a crunch-laden enrobing with a sprinkling of finely julienned orange zest. The creaminess builds, packed with gentle Madagascan vanilla character and hints of cream-laden coffee: thick, dark, sweet Rwandan beans, brewed over flame in a Japanese siphon.
The notes of creamy sweetness return, rolling over unsnapped single-origin chocolate shards into a pool of bobbing windfall apples: tart Granny Smith and sweet Pink Lady with a handful of transatlantic Honeycrisp. The nutty notes develop: hazelnuts from the bottom of the bowl with lightly toasted Spanish almonds, all lightly dusted with soft, golden caster sugar. Crunchy spun-sugar nests are draped over thinly sliced conference pears and freshly malted Golden Promise barley. Beeswax-polished oak is sprinkled with gently bruised mint leaves.
Rich, baked-apple purée builds in waves, lingering beyond developing mint and creamy caramel. Chocolate water-ganache, let down with cream, leads to polished oak off-cuts and honey-baked vanilla pods.
An excellent whisky, and an excellent ingredient. Its sweeter notes enhance and embolden desserts and naturally sweet savouries, while also contrasting and pairing with the best meats and roasted vegetables. This sweet and savoury combination make it perfect for use in a slow-cooked ragu, enhancing the meaty umami as well as amplifying the sweetness of tomato. A cooking whisky so good, you might be tempted to drink it on its own!
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This is easily the best whisky I have never had!! The subtly is so in your face that it comes in huge waves of nothingness. My one disappointment with this bottle is that I get no buzz even after drinking nearly the entire bottle in one sitting.
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