Caol Ila 36 (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Subtle on the nose. Creamy with burnt toffee, Valencia bitter orange and virtually no smoke to speak of… Body: Medium and almost whipped cream in consistency. Fluffy. Palate: A big salty, ocean hit, then pineapple, Toffee apple and rubber with a kiss of smoke (kameeldoring a sweet bbq wood […]

Glenturret 1992 16 year old cask #826 (Signatory)

Bottle: Standard Signatory bottling. Nose: Salted lemon, musk and prunes. A hint of ozone too. Not bad. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Sour citrus of lemon and lime are dominant with some sugar syrup underlying. gets a bit peppery at the back. Not a huge mouth on it but has a nice balance in it’s restraint. […]

Glenfarclas 12

Bottle: Older edition of the standard distillery bottling (90’s I think). Nose: Boiled sweets, pine sap, light smoke and cream. Body: Light-medium and silky. Palate: Pineapple cream, gentle smoke, clove and slightly bitter, medicinal twist in the tail. Finish: Good length. Toffee apple, white pepper, cinnamon and lingering, gentle smoke. Neat/Ice/Water: Neat. No need to dilute it […]

William Cadenhead 43 year old

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle with a simple black label and a minimum of fuss. Nose: A creamy blend of pistachio, turkish delight and grapefruit. Body: Medium and a bit waxy. Palate: Malty, shortbread coated in milk chocolate, a touch of aniseed in the tail. Very smooth. Very creamy. Finish: Dark chocolate and grapefruit dominate. Decent length. […]

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch #1)

Bottle: This I love. A fusion of art deco and modern lines makes it look like something out of Blade Runner. The label advises sherry maturation, natural colour and no age statement to be found. Nose: Nail varnish remover (which softens with airing), sugared almonds, rum & raisin ice cream. Quite pleasant. Body: Syrupy and […]

Kilkerran 12

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle. The labeling is clean and unpretentious. A bit of history on the back to reintroduce this Campbelltown distillery that was only reopened in 2004 after a very long hiatus. Nose: Smoked kippers at a distance, wet earth, liquorice all sorts, orange juice.Eminently breathable this is. I’m in no rush to drink […]

Glenturret 2000 15 year old (G&M)

Bottle: A Macphail’s collection release from G&M. Currently the distilleries bottled in this range are Bunnahabhain, Glen Scotia, Glenglassaugh, Glenrothes, Glenturret, Highland Park and Tamdhu. Nose: Burnt toffee, dried apricots, raisins. Body: Silky and little brackish. The colour is a gorgeous russet. Palate: Stewed fruit and shortbread right at the start, shifts to orange and pepper […]

Dailuaine-Glenlivet 11 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Older style Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Not the squarish bottle but the rounded one. Nose: Maltesers, creme brulee, leather, tobacco. Faint sulphur. This is a very heady blend of sweetness and spicyness. Quite inviting. Body: The colour is a warm, burnished copper. Medium bodied and a little syrupy. Coats the mouth very nicely. Palate: Boiled sweets […]

Glentauchers 1991 18 year old (G&M)

Bottle: A Gordon & Macphail bottling in a classic whisky style. Nose: Quite soft and dusty. Faint musk, orange juice, lime cordial and hay. Body: Very light. Too light. Tiniest hint of wax. Palate: Super smooth but largely anonymous in terms of flavour. A little brown sugar, faint gingerbread and a some oak comes through […]

Aberlour A’Bunadh (Batch 50)

Bottle: A dumpy style that hints at antiquity with the wax covered stopper (a nice touch). The labelling tells me the whisky within is produced in the tradition of the 19th century. Not sure what that might mean (did they do NAS whiskies in the 19th century?)… Nose: Wood polish, raisins, molasses sugar and a […]