Usquaebach Scotch Whisky, a historic spirit from the Scottish Highlands, has been blended for over three generations by the Laing family. Translated from Gaelic as “the water of life,” Usquaebach Scotch Whisky, (pronounced “oos-ke-bah”) recently announced the release of its first new blend in nearly 25 years, the Usquaebach An Ard Ri Cask Strength. Translated from Gaelic as “the high king,” the An Ard Ri is a 57.1% ABV blend of more than 20 single malt casks, aged between 10 and 21 years.
Crafted by longstanding Usquaebach blenders, Hunter Laing and Co., the An Ard Ri is made with casks from Master Blender Stewart H. Laing’s personal collection. Mr. Laing selected from a range of Highlands whiskies, including Inchgower, Benrinnes, Craigellachie, Glengoyne, Dailuaine, Blair Athol, and Auchroisk.
The 2,000 bottle limited release is packaged in a striking gold and blue variation of Usquaebach’s signature flagon bottle, keeping with the product’s theme of bringing ancient tradition to a modern audience.
Usquaebach An Ard Ri Cask Strength (114.2 proof)
Visual: Medium-light gold.
Nose: Rich and evocative nose with slight salinity and smoke, but a hearty dose of malt. There’s actually a lot going on here, but the layers are paper-thin and subtle, giving the effect of a blend so tight that it appears to be entirely cohesive in expression.
Taste: A powerhouse burst of high-proof whisky, quickly melts into a more approachable and smooth expression with the addition of a good splash of branch water. The individual effects are of deeply aged Scotch, a wide and pleasantly oaked mid-range, and a few brighter top notes of soft black pepper and sandalwood. Memorable and contemplative.
Finish: Long with lingering notes of wood and salted caramel.
Overall: A truly fine blended Scotch that is to be called upon for special occasions. Share with only your closest friends.
GSN Rating: A
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