Maverick Drinks is proud to announce the release of 9 additions to the world’s first educational whisky range, Reference Series. The range of blended malt whiskies was first launched earlier this year, and showcases the effects of various production techniques and ingredients used to make Scotch.
The initial range of Reference Series comprises three blended malt whiskies which progress from Series I to III with increasing levels of old, rare Scotch in the mix. This shows whisky drinkers the effects of the ageing process – a much-debated topic in the whisky world which can now be understood under more-controlled conditions.
There are now three extensions to the Reference Series: Extension .1, which takes a portion of the blend and finishes it in a fresh 50 litre cask previously used to hold Pedro Ximénez Sherry; Extension .2, which includes 10% heavily peated Islay Single Malt in the blend; and Extension .3, which includes the colouring agent, E150a, aka Spirit Caramel.
You can now sample these extensions against the original range. For example, you can enjoy Reference Series I.1 – the most youthful whisky in the initial range, with a portion of the blend matured in top-quality Pedro Ximénez casks against Reference Series I. Or you could compare it with II.1 or III.1 – whiskies with increasingly high proportions of old, rare Scotch in the mix, with the same percentage of the blend finished in dessert Sherry casks.
This gives whisky lovers the chance to compare the effects of using dessert Sherry maturation. The extensions .2 and .3 will also be available across the initial range, allowing connoisseurs to compare the effects of both the ageing process, as well as either spirit caramel or the addition of peat – a luxury hitherto unavailable for those outside of the whisky industry.
Reference Series I, II and III have been praised by critics and whisky lovers alike. Esteemed blog WhiskyFun.com’s Serge Valentin, for example, gave glowing reviews of the three whiskies, awarding an impressive 83, 88 and 88 points respectively.
Ask your favourite retailers for the Reference Series whiskies or buy online now from Master of Malt.