Tomatin 10

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle styling with a screw top instead of the usual cork stopper. Nose: Vanilla, gingerbread, after dinner mints. Body: Light and silky. Palate: Cereals, barley sugar, butter menthol sweets. Finish:  Medium length and drying. Malty with a touch of white pepper. Neat/Ice/Water: Neat. It’s very smooth and only 40%. Verdict: Average. This distillery […]

Bowmore 2000 14 year old cask #800093 (Signatory)

Bottle: Standard Signatory cask strength collection bottling with the notable exception, as stated on the label, that the cask has been hand picked by The Whisky Exchange. Should be something a little bit special then. Nose: Light smoke, sea air, vanilla and tropical fruits. Not too heavy and inviting. Body: Medium with just a touch of […]

Cradle Mountain 18 year old Cabernet Sauvignon single cask (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s world whiskies standard bottling. Nose: Sawdust, treacle, cough medicine. This is the best part. Body: Thick and syrupy. Palate: Peanut butter, sawdust, treacle and cough medicine. Finish: Cough medicine remains and is joined by old rope and eucalyptus. Neat/Ice/Water: It’s irredeemable, do what you want to it, it simply won’t matter. Holy water perhaps? Verdict: […]

Longmorn 12 year old (SMWS 7.118)

Bottle: SMWS standard bottling. Code 7.2118 means it’s a Longmorn and this one has been described on the bottle as “Long johns and velveteen smoking jackets”. As with all of these they write an ode on the label to the liquid within… Nose: Quite dense initially but it opens itself nicely with a little air. Raspberry […]

Armorik 2002 12 year old Oloroso Cask #3298

Bottle: A classic whisky bottle with a raised metallic gold band at the bottom of the front label. The rear label describes the pedigree of the spirit in English and French. English for the rest of the world and in French because this one is from Brittany of all places. Apparently it’s an exceptional single […]