Glen Ord 1996 20 year old Chateau Lafitte Finish (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s wood range bottling. Nose: Boiled sweets, red pepper, strawberries and cream. Very nice to breathe and quite enticing. Body: Thick, syrupy and a bit brackish. Palate: Raspberries and rhubarb switching to marzipan and hay. It’s a little odd this one I must say. Finish: Rosemary, cherry liqueur and raspberry jelly. Something clashing here, the herbs […]

Yamazaki 12

Bottle: Standard distillery bottling. Simple, minimalist and clean. Nose: Runny honey, cinnamon, rice wine, barley sugar. Body: Lighter side of medium. Velvety. Palate: Vanilla, marmalade, peeled green apple, clove and a little charcoal. Generous and complex. Dances around the palate so nicely. Finish: Shortish but very elegant. Butter menthol, tobacco and wood. Fades delicately and […]

Glengarioch 1990 26 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Cut grass, incense, musk and rum cake. It has a dry, musty and sweet aroma underpinned with something green. Really engaging. Body: Medium and velvety. Luxurious. Palate: Single cream, brown sugar, honey and a grapefruit twist that really takes it up a level. Satisfying. Finish: On the shorter side but light, […]

Linkwood-Glenlivet 1997 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Model glue, rosemary and golden syrup when first poured. As it breathes, a big hit of meringue. Lovely. Body: Medium and sticky. Very nice mouth feel actually. Palate: Starts with fizzy sweetness like lemon sherbet but with a herbal twist, then oatcakes and honey. Madeleine cakes at the end. […]

Glen Elgin-Glenlivet 1995 21 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Green grapes and shoe polish. It’s musty and almost leathery but with fruit at its centre. It shouldn’t work but it does. With a little breathing, some cinnamon and clove show up. Great start… Body: Medium bodied and waxy. A little mineral fizz to it as well which I always like. […]

Ledaig 15

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle styling. Nondescript. Nose: Fresh linen when first poured, gentle smoke then stronger notes of sherry and honey as it opens up. Body: Medium bodied. Waxy. Palate: A lot of honey, more sherry, a little citrus (orange, lemon and lime in equal parts) and building menthol as it transitions into the finish. […]

Balmenach 2004 12 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Butterscotch, coconut dusted marshmallow and some wood varnish. Gets a little saltier with air and time. I really love breathing this one in. That dirty butterscotch melange is superb. Body: Light and a little oily. Palate: Brown sugar, lime & coconut meringue pie, hot caramel sauce like on a sundae (it heats up […]

Glen Grant 1995 21 year old (Signatory)

Bottle: Standard Signatory bottling. Nose: Floral with a little salted caramel. Quite pleasant. Body: Lighter side of medium and a little waxy. Palate: Lemon curd, lightly salted butter, lemon sours. Fresh and a little bit tart. Finish: The butter remains but gets saltier, elder flower and a little aniseed. A bit flat for me. This is […]

Clynelish 18 year old cask #10999 (Old Particular)

Bottle: This is an Old Particular range bottling from Douglas Laing. Nose: Black olives, beeswax and honey. Really engaging this nose. Breathes a little waxy as well. Body: Based on the deep amber colour, I thought this was going to be much thicker but it’s just medium bodied. A lovely, velvelty,  syrupy texture. Palate: Clove, sherry, […]

Aberlour 16 year old cask #4738

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle Nose: Sultanas, butterscotch, cinnamon and a hint of something green at the back. Boiled sweets after it breathes a little. Sweet, musty and invitingly spicy. Very savoury. Body: Full bodied and viscous. Quite sticky. Palate: Treacle, pecans, butterscotch, ginger biscuits, chocolate coated coffee beans and black cherries. Oh my […]