The blend contains some carefully selected North Highland, Islay and Speyside single malts, which come together in a 1200-litre European oak vessel. This “solera” vat is never fully emptied, so each batch includes some of the whisky from the previous release. The aim is to deliver a versatile daily dram, easily mixed or enjoyed on its own.
The batch number could be a little more prominent in my opinion, just so you know what you’re buying. It’s in a tiny font on the back label and shops don’t bother mentioning it.
SRV5 8 yo (48,5%, Thompson Bros 2022, Batch #005, blended malt)
Nose: a fruity core, showing some pears and melons before moving to bright grapefruits and lemon peels. There’s a certain mineral side to it, as well as a hint of coastal peat smoke. Later green peppercorns appear with a grassy note.
Mouth: still a grown-up Highlands profile at its base, with a healty strength. Some easy lemons, apples and shortbread on the one hand, but also a sharper mineral side. Grapefruit peels, hints of briney smoke and mineral oils. Peppermint and a faint hint of bitter tonic.
Finish: medium length, becoming zesty and citrusy, with a grassy touch and gentle smoky notes.
SRV5 is a really characterful whisky that manages to captivate the more discerning whisky lover as well. There’s a nice sharp edge that reminds us of malts from Clynelish or Springbank at times. A clever composition that works well on its own but definitely makes a nice highball as well. And it’s really affordable too. Now available from Thompson Bros and a series of retailers like The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt.