Glen Moray 1998 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Lemon meringue, lime and lemongrass. There’s also a whiff of bounty chocolate bars in there somewhere which I quite like. Body: This one has distinct legs down the side of the glass. Heavier side of medium with a good mouth coat going on. Palate: Lemon sherbet, haribo sours, cut grass […]

Bruichladdich 1992 24 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Lemon cream, dusty books, pecans and faint whiffs of red berries. Robust and interesting. Body: Thick and waxy. Palate: Buttery peach front and center, quickly morphing into minerals and green herbs. Very tart going into the finish. A real changeling in the same mouthful. Finish: Good length. Lemon rind, […]

Tobermory 1994 21 year old cask #660881 (SMoS)

Bottle: A Single Malts of Scotland bottling that comes with classic styling. The rear label tells me that the range are all vintage selections based on cask quality and character. Nose: Honey, light smoke, brown sugar and a gingerbread man with some icing. Body: Medium and sticky. Amazing mouth feel. Palate: Generous and finely balanced. Caramelized […]

Old Pulteney 17

Bottle: Thick and squashed with a double chin. Makes for a good finger grip (useful in rough seas perhaps… it is the maritime malt after all). Nose: Salted butter, cantaloupe and floral notes. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, green peppercorns, cereals and beeswax. Reasonably lively. Finish: Long with gentle heat. No real transformation, […]

Auchroisk 22 year old cask #HL12303 (Old Malt Cask)

Bottle: Standard Old Malt Cask bottling by Hunter Laing.  This single cask bottling was distilled in 1994. Refill hogshead. Nose: Orange juice, vanilla, icing sugar, some floral notes. Really fresh and inviting. Lovely to breath. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Wonderfully soft with orange meringue, dark chocolate sprinkles, cola popping candy. It’s a desert whisky […]

Tullibardine 1993 23 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Marshmallows, desiccated coconut, cinnamon and creamy tropical fruits. A little breathing time goes a long way here. Nice and soft. Body: Medium and a little oily. Palate: Tropical fruits abound, white chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar. Finish: Lime, black pepper, pineapple and mango. Faint peppermint at the death. Neat/Ice/Water: 47.1%. […]

Glen Elgin 12

Bottle: Something of a fusion between the classic whisky bottle and a dumpier style bottle. Nose: Faint nail varnish, brown sugar, cereals. Body: Light and silky. Palate: Very soft. Glides down. Boiled sweets, a little black pepper, honey and butter. Finish:  Medium length. Barley, a hint of lime and faint smoke. Neat/Ice/Water: 43% and soft already […]

Springbank Local Barley Trilogy

@jasonwhiskylova & @CuanBrown pushed the boat out and did something a bit special over the Easter weekend. Not one, not two but 3 Springbank Local Barley releases, all reviewed and contrasted in the same sitting. How did this come to pass? We had 50% each in a spare 11, I had a spare 16 and […]

Springbank Local Barley 2006 11 year old

Bottle: Springbank local barley bottling 2017 release (9000 bottles out turn). Nose: Acetone, a little wood smoke and toffee apple. Body: Oily and a touch brackish. Palate: Runny honey, lemon zest, oregano and minerals. Finish: Medium length and slightly medicinal, some wood smoke returns and cinnamon heat rounds it out. Neat/Ice/Water: 53.1%. Water makes the nose muskier, the palate smokier […]

Springbank Local Barley 1999 16 year old

Bottle: Springbank local barley bottling 2016 release (9000 bottles out turn). Nose: Sugared almonds, wood glue and caramelized sugar. Body: Oily. Palate: Fizzy like popping candy? Tea, green peppercorns, honeycomb and sugar cane. Finish: Medium length and quite subtle with an underlying cayenne heat. Leather, old bookcases, gun oil and butter. Neat/Ice/Water: 54.3%. Some real red chili heat when you […]