On today’s episode of A Tasting at The Murder Table, we’re discussing a release from one of our independent bottlers, Blackadder, which just happens to be imported into the US by our friend, Raj Sabharwal of Glass Revolution. This particular bottle was purchased by Limpd about a year ago, but he didn’t open it until recently when he was cajoled by Raj during our recent appearance on WhiskyCast Live. Oh that Raj! Such a cojoler!
This particular Blackadder goes by the name Black Snake. Here’s what they have to say about it:
Black Snake is produced from a Vatting of casks finished in a Single Sherry Butt. It starts its life in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks. We then put three of them into new Oloroso or PX Sherry butts and leave for around a year for further maturation before bottling two thirds of the cask. We call these “Vats” as they are a kind of mini Solera. After each bottling we add two more ex-Bourbon casks, always of the same whisky, and leave for around a year before again bottling two thirds of the Vat. All future bottlings from each vatting of Black Snake will therefore contain some spirit that was in previous expressions from the Sherry Butt. From time to time the Sherry Butt is renewed. Each edition bottling of Black Snake is called “Venom”, as in the poison from a snake’s bite. A touch of Blackadder humour! The first bottling from each Vat is called “First Venom”, the second bottling is called “Second Venom” and so on.
The Black Snake that we’ll be discussing is the third bottling from this series, or as they like to call it, Third Venom. To find out what we thought of the delicious-sounding whisky with the rather sinister-sounding name, click the play button on the following video:
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