Blended Malt XO (Whisky Agency)

The Whisky Agency recently launched an unspecified blended malt. We have no clue about what’s inside. Given that it’s ‘extra old’, it could be something like their Blended Malt 1980, or maybe it’s more like the Speyside Region 2001 from Archives which was composed of old leftovers mixed with younger spirit?

Anyway it’s sherry matured and it seems to be the start of a series with different volumes.



Blended Malt Extra Old - The Whisky AgencyBlended Malt ‘Extra Old’
(44,7%, The Whisky Agency & The Nectar 2015, volume 1, sherry wood)

Nose: some nice fruity notes. Red berries, stewed plums, oranges, nicely sweet & sour. The fruits are on a background of roasted walnuts and light earthy / grassy notes. Hints of tobacco. Soft pencil shavings. Hints of Bunnahabhain, hints of Glenfarclas and Tamdhu too.

Mouth: fairly lightweight but really elegant. There could be some really old malt in here, you know, because of the lightly sour oak, the hints of fruit tea and a faint waxy note. Half-sweet oranges. Gingery touches and a faint earthy / smoky note in the background again.

Finish: long, on fruit teas, oak, leather and spices.

This is very good whisky, and I believe the biggest part is indeed very old. I’m sure some people would be running to a shop if the contents were disclosed. Instead let’s take advantage of the relatively low price of this great daily dram. Around € 85.

Score: 87/100