[Review] Wormtub - 10 years old 56.8%


Celebrating ‘Try January’ today,  with something new from the guys at Atom brands and their Wormtub 10 year-old release.

No nonsense here with a Speyside single malt aged for 10 years, finished in Sherry casks and bottled uncoloured, unchillfiltered and at the natural cask strength of 56.8%

No info on the distillery apart from the fact it uses worm tub condensers and there aren’t actually that many distilleries left which use them… (personally, I'd be tempted to think Mortlach...)

I cannot wait to dive in!

My tasting notes:

Nose: Fresh, spicy and fruity. Vanilla pods, oak spice, raisins, ginger (fresh & crystallised), orange, white peach, dark chocolate, hints of walnut, slight toffee & cinnamon, honey, jasmine tea. Slightly metallic too.

Palate: Dark, chewy, rich & spicy. Liquorice, walnut, chocolate, oak, candied orange, spicy prunes, black pepper, wood polish, caramel, crystallised ginger & candied grapefruit bitterness.

Finish: Walnut, bitter chocolate, dried cramberries, espresso coffee, leather, black pepper, oak spice, slight tobacco, more prunes, quite tannic & drying.

With water: Sweeter, fruitier nose with less spice, apple crumble and caramel. Creamier palate with more vanilla & crème caramel. The finish turns to oak, crème brûlée and dried fruit.

This is a very enjoyable dram and at over 56% abv, a few drops of water will make for a more mellow experience. Perfect for a cold evening by the fire, and perfect to take your time with. As I said before, for me, it’s not about going tea-total for one month a year and then drinking more for the remaining 11 months. It’s about slowing down with your drinks, and drinking less but better!

Slàinte all!

Thanks again to Atom brands for sending me this bottle!


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