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 […]

Kilkerran 8 (Cask Strength)

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: The beach (I can almost hear seagulls) and then some pastry and maybe a Marlboro light being lit up. Oh yeah… […]

Singleton of Glen Ord 18

Bottle: Fairly plain and conservative labeling but on a flat, wide bottle. Like an over sized hip flask… Nose: Tangerine, beeswax and hay. Soft but pleasant enough. Body: Medium. Good viscosity. Super smooth. Palate: Fresh and clean. Orchard fruits (apricot, nectarine, peach), mirabelle jam and barley sugar in that order. Finish: A little on the […]

Bunnahabhain 12

Bottle: Dumpy style bottle in black glass. Nose: Boiled sweets, red cherries, waxed leather and seaweed. Body: Medium and syrupy. A good mouth coat. Palate: Boiled sweets remain, strong sherry hit, mildly spicy and faintly medicinal in the tail. Coastal undertones. Finish: Long and salty with strong sherry and herbal notes. Neat/Ice/Water: 46.3%. A few […]

Royal Brackla 1995 12 year old (Old Malt Cask)

Bottle: Standard Old Malt Cask bottling by Hunter Laing.  This single cask bottling was distilled in 1994. Refill hogshead. Nose: Wet grass, faint varnish and a strong hit of vanilla. Yum! Body: Lighter side of medium. Silky/creamy. Palate: Candy bananas and coconut oil at the off before shifting to an almost cointreau like orange taste […]

Longmorn-Glenlivet 1990 26 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: The classic pear note I get with most Longmorns is front and centre. Sugared almonds and oddly enough, seaweed. It’s an intriguing soft, perfumy sweetness mixed with a greener, saltier tang. Body: Light but it sizzles. Palate: Actually quite salty with menthol and cactus. It has a saccharine […]

Linkwood 12 (Flora & Fauna)

Bottle: Standard Diageo “Flora & Fauna” bottling (the phrase was coined by Michael Jackson due to the pictures on each label – in this case a pair of swans…). These are released to promote the less well known distilleries of their stable. Nose: Butter, lemon pepper and mixed herbs. Gets dustier as it breathes. Body: […]

Hazelburn 2003 13 year old (Oloroso Cask)

Bottle: Standard Springbank stable bottling. Nose: Wet grass, sauvignon blanc, sultanas and demerara sugar. Not quite what I was expecting. A bit greener than your average sherried nose. Body: Medium and sticky. Palate: Strawberry conserve, brown sugar, cafe latte and ginger biscuits. Finish: Medium length and waxy. Cola bottles sours,  green grapes and white chocolate. […]