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 […]

Glendullan-Glenlivet 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Lemon drops, grapefruit, vanilla cream and liquorice. The longer it breathes the more buttery it gets. Nice. Body: Light and silky. Palate: Foam banana sweets, dried apricot and lemon rind and some more vanilla. Creamy. Finish: Long and steady this one with salted lemon, grilled pineapple and the ever […]

Longmorn 24 year old cask #191954 (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. As I’m already a Longmorn nut, I’m excited! Nose: Gently sweet and a little briny at first then settles into familiar perfumy Longmorn territory. Pear, […]

Glenfarclas 25

Bottle: Standard Glenfarclas distillery bottling. Nose: Golden syrup, butter menthol sweets, a little dusty. The aromas are a bit shallow and thin. Body: Light and silky. Very nice texture. Clean and light. Palate: The signature Glenfarclas Christmas cake is there, gingerbread, caramelized orange zest, butter menthols again at the back. Finish: Gingerbread lingers, cinnamon, single cream, […]

Auchentoshan 23 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Lemon, mint leaves, a little dusty and dry. Not huge but quite pleasant nonetheless. Body: Lighter side of medium and just a little waxy. The liquid is pale gold. Palate: Apple, elderflower, pear, lemon sherbet. It’s smooth, clean and tart. Finish: Long. The lemon sherbet just keeps on going […]

Cragganmore 12

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle styling with a double description of the malt (on both the main label as well as the top of the neck) which is a touch odd from a marketing pov. A few superlatives in there, so why make the exact same statements twice? Nose: Soft and floral with some ginger beer […]