It seems to be the trend to replace Age Stated Whiskies, like The Glenlivet 12 Years Old, by NAS (No Age Statement) expressions. In The Glenlivet’s example, it will be a new ‘Founder’s Reserve’.
Moving away from whiskies with an age statement offers distilleries more freedom in deciding how long to let a whisky age. If they deem the quality of their Scotch high enough at 10 or 11 years, it can be bottled without having to alter the name and label. The Macallan, for example, has replaced the majority of their aged range by NAS whiskies.
While many whisky enthousiasts are very concerned that this trend will influence the average whisky quality, NAS-whisky definitely does not have to be of lower quality than an age stated version. Ardbeg Uigeadail, Glenmorangie Signet and Aberlour A’bunadh are just three examples of very highly rated NAS whiskies. After all, age does not define quality, flavour does.
We decided to compile a list of whiskies that have been directly replaced by NAS expressions. It’s a small attempt to monitor if this trend will influence the quality, or if the age statements are of no direct influence on the perceived quality of the Scotch.
Aged whiskies that have been (or will be) replaced by NAS versions:
– Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten -> Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley
– Glenfarclas 105 10 Years Old -> Glenfarclas 105
– Glenlivet 12 Years Old -> Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
– Glenlivet Nádurra 16 Years Old -> Glenlivet Nádurra
– Hibiki 12 Year Old -> Hibiki Harmony 12 (NAS)
– Nikka Taketsuru 12 -> Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt
– Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old -> Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade
– Yamazaki 10 Years Old -> Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve
Did we miss one? Leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list.