Usquaebach 15 Yr. Scotch
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Usquaebach 15 Yr. Scotch

Item # 01011 750mL
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Tasting Notes

The new small batch offering from Usquaebach ("water of life") is comprised exclusively of 15 different single malts all aged for a minimum of 15 years. The four core malts come from Macallan, Ancnoc, Ardmore, and Blair Athol. Not surprisingly, the blend is a lesson in a malty, sherried, oxidative, savory, and nutty single malt. Tasting notes include cocoa nibs, buckwheat, caramel, mandarin orange, poppy seeds, espresso, spicy oak, and more. This dram does what all great blends should do: offers up a drinking experience that is completely unique and greater than the sum of its parts. Well done. Don't be intimidated by the challenging name; this is rich, decadent, crowd-pleasing whisky.

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Staff Pick Notes

This under-the-radar blend is one that serious Scotch drinker should know about. Each glorious component, mainly Highlands runs, is at least 15-years-old. Malty, fruity, and full of weight, this is a bottle bound to convert even the most stalwart single-malt sipper. Mature and rich on the palate.

- SS

Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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