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 […]

Speyside-Glenlivet 1991 25 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Dusty books, cut grass and toffee. With air it gets more buttery too. Nice. Body: Medium and syrupy. Palate: Wood varnish, black cherry, blueberry, flint and Worcestershire sauce. Finish: Short. Shortbread, light menthol, salt and pepper. Neat/Ice/Water: 51%. It has a little heat when drunk neat. I prefer this with […]

Scallywag 13 year old (Sherry Edition)

Bottle: A Douglas Laing limited edition bottling of the Scallywag blend, matured in sweet sherry butts. The rear label goes into some detail around the life and times of the Fox Terrier that the range is named after. Nose: Bounty chocolate bar, freshly picked raspberries and an old Chesterfield. Body: Light and fresh. Palate: Red […]

Glendronach 2003 13 year old (Cask # 713)

Bottle: This is a special bottling exclusively for the Green Welly Stop. It’s a single PX cask maturation. Nose: Vanilla, sultana and marzipan. Clean and dry to breathe. Body: Waxy and a little resinous. Palate: Cointreau-ish flavours, burnt brown sugar, a little eucalyptus and toasted oak. Elegant delivery. Good structure. Finish: Medium length and soft. […]

Linkwood-Glenlivet 1992 24 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: An initial hit of green banana and soft vanilla. Quick changing of the guard to oranges galore, get’s a little more herbal as it breathes (oregano?), golden syrup. Fresh and pleasant all round. Body: Light and a bit waxy. Palate: Loads of oranges, so juicy! Hints of kumquat, […]

Togouchi Premium

Bottle: Dumpy style bottle with frosted green glass and a slightly tacky gold screw top. Label is in French and Japanese. I’m not entirely sure why… Nose: Faint smell of the beach. Sand, sea air, dry seaweed etc. Body: The colour is so pale it’s bordering on translucent. Watery and limp. Palate: Light butterscotch and […]

Springbank 12 Burgundy Cask

Bottle: Limited release distillery bottling released mid 2016. Nose: Redcurrant, cranberry and haylofts. With a little breathing some rather nice toffee apple emerges. Body: Medium and sticky. Palate: Sweet and opulent. Boiled lollies, candy bananas and fruit salad with whipped cream. Faint herbs in the tail. Absolutely smashing! Finish: Long. Liquorice and mint dominate with […]

Auchroisk 1989 27 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: This was the 2016 Cadenhead’s club bottling released to members in exchange for their reward stamps. Have a look at the Cadenhead club membership details if curious… Nose: Mild acetone initially shifting to burnt matches, cocktail cherries and ending with walnuts and polished brass. Quite a lot going here, rather good and worth slowing […]