Longmorn-Glenlivet 1987 26 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Model paints, orange juice, toffee apple. Body: Medium and a little waxy. Palate: Sugar syrup,  singed lime, melon, rice crackers and a blue cheese cameo right at the end. Finish: A little soapy and flat. Honeycomb. Surprising considering everything that has preceded it. This is the achilles of the […]

Auchroisk 1988 27 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Musk, lime, banana, marshmallow and coconut. Really soft and creamy but also lively, tremendously inviting. Body: Medium and syrupy. Palate: Lemon drizzle cake, coconut oil, white pepper, passion fruit. This is an exotic mouthful, very engaging. Finish: Candy bananas, coconut water, menthol. Decent length with an elegant fade. […]

5 Very Special G&M Samples

I have been extremely fortunate to get the remains of a friend’s samples of the following drams, which are by and large, superb. All Gordon & MacPhail rare vintage samples. He himself only got to these after winning a draw so I’m very lucky indeed to get what remains of the 5cl samples in each case. I […]

Hazelburn 9 year old (Warehouse sample)

Bottle: Duty paid sample for trade purposes only. Warehouse no.6, rotation number 165, distilled 31/8/2005. Nose: Sherbet, peppermint cream and elder flower. Very soft and perfumy. I love this nose, it’s so fresh and clean. Body: Medium and touch waxy. Palate: Fruit salad, sugar syrup, sea salt, sherbet and mint. Quite tart with some underlying […]