Longmorn-Glenlivet 1987 26 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Model paints, orange juice, toffee apple. Body: Medium and a little waxy. Palate: Sugar syrup,  singed lime, melon, rice crackers and a blue cheese cameo right at the end. Finish: A little soapy and flat. Honeycomb. Surprising considering everything that has preceded it. This is the achilles of the […]

Auchroisk 1988 27 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Musk, lime, banana, marshmallow and coconut. Really soft and creamy but also lively, tremendously inviting. Body: Medium and syrupy. Palate: Lemon drizzle cake, coconut oil, white pepper, passion fruit. This is an exotic mouthful, very engaging. Finish: Candy bananas, coconut water, menthol. Decent length with an elegant fade. […]

5 Very Special G&M Samples

I have been extremely fortunate to get the remains of a friend’s samples of the following drams, which are by and large, superb. All Gordon & MacPhail rare vintage samples. He himself only got to these after winning a draw so I’m very lucky indeed to get what remains of the 5cl samples in each case. I […]

Hazelburn 9 year old (Warehouse sample)

Bottle: Duty paid sample for trade purposes only. Warehouse no.6, rotation number 165, distilled 31/8/2005. Nose: Sherbet, peppermint cream and elder flower. Very soft and perfumy. I love this nose, it’s so fresh and clean. Body: Medium and touch waxy. Palate: Fruit salad, sugar syrup, sea salt, sherbet and mint. Quite tart with some underlying […]

Bowmore 18

Bottle: Standard Bowmore bottling. Nose: Fresh wet sand on the beach. A little sulphur, a little varnish, a little toffee. Body: Lighter side of medium and quite silky. Palate: Sour medicinal notes, bonfire smoke, a dash of balsamic and bitter chocolate. Finish: Gentle smoke, sawdust and lingering sour plums. Neat/Ice/Water: At 43% it doesn’t need […]

Lagavulin 1998 16 year old Distiller’s Edition

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle styling with the Lagavulin twist. Namely, smoked glass and the shoulder of the bottle slightly flaring outwards. This is the 1998 distillation, batch 4/503, finished in a PX sherry cask. Nose: Freshly waxed leather, smoked fish at a distance and iodine initially then golden syrup and even shortbread after breathing a little. […]

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. […]