Glen Grant-Glenlivet 1985 31 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. One of the 175th anniversary year releases. Nose: Wood varnish, cocktail cherry and Cointreau. A lovely perfume this one has. Spend a little time breathing it in. Body: Soft and velvety. Palate: Treacle, Worcestershire sauce and cinnamon. This is a chewy, rich, dark beast of a dram. Finish: Damp […]

Highland Park 2003 14 year old (Whisky Broker)

Bottle: Shorter/squatter style bottle with a hard shoulder. Whisky Broker independent bottling. Nose: Honey, beeswax, dry seaweed and scorched rubber. Body: Velvety and waxy. Medium. Palate: Butterscotch, smoke and menthol in that order. The menthol in particular is a big hit at the end. Finish:  Menthol has moved in and it is not leaving. Medium […]

Aberlour 16

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle Nose: Orange juice, acetone and faint clove. Body: Lighter side of medium and a little waxy. Palate: Orange pulp inc. pith, black pepper and light herbal notes at the end. Finish:  Salty, mixed citrus with decent length. A little flat in the end. Neat/Ice/Water: 40%. Neat. Verdict: Quaffable. It’s […]

Glentauchers 1998 17 year old (G&M)

Bottle: Gordon & MacPhail’s cask strength collection which is non-chill filtered and without colouring. Nose: Beeswax, butter toffee and polished leather shoes. After 5 minutes of breathing time I’m getting some dusty books creeping in as well. Body: The border of medium bodied and heavy with good stickiness. Palate: Predominantly sweet with maple syrup, popping candy […]

Aberfeldy 1996 21 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: A huge pineapple hit, palmier pastry, white wine and a little sap. Body: Medium and a little effervescent. Palate: Butterscotch, lemon and smoked cheese. An odd combination that doesn’t really work for me. Finish: Lemon rind, salt and smoked almonds. Neat/Ice/Water: 54.6%. I like this better with a […]

Caol Ila 1984 31 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Scorched rubber, roasted salted peanuts, bounty bars. All in perfect harmony. Oh my! Body: Thick and oily. Palate: A mouth coating coconut & lime daiquiri with a healthy shot of peat smoke in it’s belly. Light dusting of cayenne in the tail. Finish: Drying menthol and faint ash yet still […]

Ben Nevis 1998 18 year old Rum Finish (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Cotton candy, lime jello, and shortbread. Unusual combo but it works rather well. Body: Light and oily. Palate: Key lime pie, buttery, sugared pastry, some peppermint and a dash of aniseed. Finish: Gently warming but not overly long with growing herbal notes and continued aniseed. Neat/Ice/Water: 50.2% Keep […]

Bunnahabhain 1989 27 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Lemon freshness, sea air and dusty books. Body: Light and a little chalky. Palate: Initially floral and buttery, then salty, then sour fading with some lime zest. Finish: Good length with lots of mineral notes, some menthol and Lemsip! Neat/Ice/Water: 41.9% neat. Verdict: Superior. What a great dram […]

Kilkerran 2006 11 year old Rum Barrel

Bottle: It’s a Cadenhead’s small batch style bottle for a Kilkerran warehouse tasting. Nose: Dusty vinyl, mixed citrus and sugar crusted pastry. Body: Thick and syrupy. Palate: Milk bottles and sugared almonds shifting to an intense liquorice, sour apple and lychees. Finish: Long, dry and flinty. Neat/Ice/Water: 57.7%. Too hot and thick neat, this really comes alive with […]

Macallan Speymalt 1998 18 year old (G&M)

Bottle: Gordon & MacPhail’s Speymalt range is always Macallan, in classic whisky bottle styling. Nose: Fresh cut lemon, beeswax, orange juice, brown sugar. Fresh and inviting. Body: Light and silky. Palate: Delicate and graceful. Orange peel, raspberry, and black pepper. Meringue and a little whipped cream at the death. Finish: Hotter than I was expecting […]