Ben Nevis 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Light and fresh with some aniseed, elderflower and coconut oil. An excellent blend of aromas and very clean. A great start… Body: Medium and oily. More viscous than it looks. Palate: Really crisp and sharp. This is lovely. Liquorice, green capsicum, lime cordial, coconut and a little rock salt. […]

Caol Ila 18

Bottle: Standard Caol Ila range bottling with the usual smoked glass. Nose: Gentle peat smoke, seaweed, salty liquorice, faint tropical fruits. Body: Lighter side of medium. Silky with a little oily residue. Palate: Grassy and herbal with a touch of honeycomb and pineapple. The peat smoke is slightly delayed and quite mellow. This a very pleasant if […]

Highland Park Dark Origins

Bottle: Standard HP shape but with blackened glass so you can’t see the spirit until poured. The label tells me it’s a double first fill sherry cask maturation. Nose: Dry, musty, cocoa and cinnamon. Some orange peel and liquorice too. Not a huge nose on it. A bit of lit match sulphur creeps in every now […]

Glen Ord 11 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Honey, toffee, coconut and burnt matches (not the sulphur when lit but more the afters when cold). Glorious. A fantastic start. Gets sweeter as it breathes. Body: Medium and sticky. Coats the palate ever so nicely. Palate: All the characteristics from the nose are present but the burnt quality which I […]

Tamdhu-Glenlivet 22 year old (Cadenhead’s)

  Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Heady and complex with notes of honey, cherry, blueberry, green herbs and marzipan. Body: Medium and oily. Palate: Grassy and herbal initially and then salt and pepper join in. It ends in a sort of sour, spicy brine that’s quite chewy. Finish: Menthol, a little ash, salty lemon. […]

Highland Park 19 year old (SMWS 4.209)

Bottle: SMWS standard bottling. Code 4.209 means it’s a Highland Park and this one has been described on the bottle as “The Cinderella Cottage”. As with all of these they write an ode on the label to the liquid within… Nose: White wine, faint ash, parma ham and rosemary. Quite subtle but inviting nonetheless. Body: […]

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade

Bottle: Fairly plain and conservative labeling but on a flat, wide bottle. Like an over sized hip flask… Nose: Barely there. Very faint honey, lime and cinnamon. After a little breathing time a nice golden syrup emerges to dominate proceedings. Body: Light and silky. Palate: Watery and neutral. A little marzipan. Faint honey and cinnamon from the […]

Longmorn-Glenlivet 25 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Buttered toffee popcorn, citrus and faint wood ash. Really fragrant and perfumy. Body: Light and waxy. Palate: Lemon and orange peel fused with vanilla (gets close to a vanilla martini for a second there). A little white pepper, strawberry, pear and then becomes salted butter. A roller coaster of a […]