Another cracking blended malt from North Star Spirits, Vega is a wonderful concoction that will have you switching your allegiance to blended malts.
Blended Malts vs Blends
For those not in the know, blended malts are different to blends. A blend is a combination of multiple malt whiskies and grain whiskies to create a final blended whisky.
With a blended malt, it is only malt whiskies that are used, no grain. You can also get blended grain whiskies, which are only made with grain whisky, no malt.
So that’s the basics of the difference between blends, blended malts and blended grains. To really understand the difference, you need to take a deep dive into the flavour profiles of each of them and try each category on its own.
You probably already know plenty of blends, and maybe a couple of blended grains, but you probably don’t know many blended malts. That’s because they are the rarest of the categories.
Here’s where North Star Spirits Vega comes in. If you really want to try a blended malt, then we have the perfect one for you.
North Star Spirits Vega 23 Year Old Blended Malt
Vega, named after a star in the Lyra constellation, has been created from malt matured for at least 23 years and then blended to create a fantastic tasing whisky.
It is sourced from distilleries in the Speyside region and the malt itself has been matured in Spanish oak and American oak casks.
TASTING NOTES FOR ADNAMS TRIPLE MALT
The nose begins with notes of caramel, vanilla and orchard fruits. Pears, apples and oak wood abound and give this blended malt a fantastic start.
The palate is slightly smoke, with hints of peat and more caramel. The sweetness really takes over. There are subtle notes of bourbon spice. It is wonderfully malted.
The finish is strong and focuses on more caramel and oak wood.
Vega is a very impressive blended malt. It is sweet and smoky, with a rich complexity to it. If you’ve never had a blended malt before, definitely start here.
Do you enjoy Vega 23 Year Old Blended Malt? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!