My #whiskywednesday dram this week is Black Adder Black Snake Vat No.1 Fifth Venom. We had the pleasure of pouring this whisky for Stronghearts Whisky Club last weekend. This dram was so good I decided to kill the heal tonight and tell you all about it.
The folks at Black Adder are doing some pretty interesting things with the whiskies they acquire. Black Snake is from an undisclosed Distillery. The spirit is matured in ex-bourbon barrels. They then put 3 of those barrels into an Oloroso Sherry Butt and mature for another year. This Sherry Butt is treated like a mini-Solera cask in that they only bottle 2/3 of the the cask. They then add 2 more ex-bourbon barrels, of the same whisky, to the Vat. Each bottling is called a “Venom.” And the whisky gains overall age with each Venom.
Bottled at 60.7% ABV non-chill filtered and no colour added.
Colour: Harvest Gold
Nose: Butterscotch, Demerara Sugar, Chocolate Raisins, Vanilla Bean, Dark Fruit, Light Grassy notes in the back, Shortbread, A hint of Banana and Pecan
Palate: Pear Cobbler, More Dark Fruit, Cedar, Caramel, Honeydew melon.
Finish: Long, Mouth Drying, Malty, Honey and then Pepper.
Paired with Homemade Shortbread
This was a delicious whisky with a lot going on… Almost too much. I found some flavours were almost working against others. I look forward to trying different Vats and Venoms down the road. If you are curious and want to get your hands on some Black Adder expressions get yours @strathliquorstore in Victoria or @legacyliquorstore in Vancouver.
Rating 7.8 /10