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didn't do anything for 20 years. It was only
really from the late 80s and early 90s that
it took o, when there was lots of Scotch
whisky sloshing around."
He adds: "The luxury of being able to
quite promiscuously release age statement
whiskies is no longer available to producers."
The belief of some that the older a
whisky is, the better it is, is a fallacy. And
while there has been a proliferation of NAS
releases recently, some distilleries have made
quality NAS products for some time. The
much-revered distillery Ardbeg, whose wild,
peaty whiskies from Islay have a dedicated
following, released Uigeadail, an NAS blend
of malts aged in bourbon and sherry casks,
back in 2003, and all its new releases since
then have been NAS.
Our advice? Some are better than others,
so shop around to nd a style you like.
TWO TO TRY:
Mortlach Rare Old (43.4% abv)
There's a lovely, oily body to this spicy dram,
with cinnamon, liquorice, menthol and
caraway seeds combining over a moreish
meaty note - think venison with cranberries
- with vanilla to nish.
Ardbeg Uigeadail (54.2% abv)
A beautiful dram named after the Loch
from which Ardbeg draws its water, this is a
smoky-sweet whisky, with caramel and fruit
cake intermingling with tar and oatcakes.