Caol Ila 1984 31 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Scorched rubber, roasted salted peanuts, bounty bars. All in perfect harmony. Oh my! Body: Thick and oily. Palate: A mouth coating coconut & lime daiquiri with a healthy shot of peat smoke in it’s belly. Light dusting of cayenne in the tail. Finish: Drying menthol and faint ash yet still […]

Bunnahabhain 1989 27 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Lemon freshness, sea air and dusty books. Body: Light and a little chalky. Palate: Initially floral and buttery, then salty, then sour fading with some lime zest. Finish: Good length with lots of mineral notes, some menthol and Lemsip! Neat/Ice/Water: 41.9% neat. Verdict: Superior. What a great dram […]

Bunnahabhain 12

Bottle: Dumpy style bottle in black glass. Nose: Boiled sweets, red cherries, waxed leather and seaweed. Body: Medium and syrupy. A good mouth coat. Palate: Boiled sweets remain, strong sherry hit, mildly spicy and faintly medicinal in the tail. Coastal undertones. Finish: Long and salty with strong sherry and herbal notes. Neat/Ice/Water: 46.3%. A few […]

Bruichladdich 1992 24 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Lemon cream, dusty books, pecans and faint whiffs of red berries. Robust and interesting. Body: Thick and waxy. Palate: Buttery peach front and center, quickly morphing into minerals and green herbs. Very tart going into the finish. A real changeling in the same mouthful. Finish: Good length. Lemon rind, […]

Caol Ila 1992 13 year old cask #05/896 (Signatory)

Bottle: Standard Signatory cask strength collection bottling. Nose: Salt beef and smoked Bavarian cheese (but not overpoweringly so). Calms down with a little breathing. Body: This is a medium bodied dram with a sticky, oily, mouth coating feel to it. Unctuous. Palate: Lemon sherbet, rock salt, fading smoked kippers, bramble and… tarragon? Well balanced and […]

Bowmore 18

Bottle: Standard Bowmore bottling. Nose: Fresh wet sand on the beach. A little sulphur, a little varnish, a little toffee. Body: Lighter side of medium and quite silky. Palate: Sour medicinal notes, bonfire smoke, a dash of balsamic and bitter chocolate. Finish: Gentle smoke, sawdust and lingering sour plums. Neat/Ice/Water: At 43% it doesn’t need […]

Lagavulin 1998 16 year old Distiller’s Edition

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle styling with the Lagavulin twist. Namely, smoked glass and the shoulder of the bottle slightly flaring outwards. This is the 1998 distillation, batch 4/503, finished in a PX sherry cask. Nose: Freshly waxed leather, smoked fish at a distance and iodine initially then golden syrup and even shortbread after breathing a little. […]

Caol Ila 36 (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Subtle on the nose. Creamy with burnt toffee, Valencia bitter orange and virtually no smoke to speak of… Body: Medium and almost whipped cream in consistency. Fluffy. Palate: A big salty, ocean hit, then pineapple, toffee apple and rubber with a kiss of smoke (kameeldoring a sweet bbq wood […]

Bowmore 1992 11 year old cask #4229 (Signatory)

Bottle: Standard issue un-chillfiltered collection. Nondescript with a plain white label. Nose: Iodine, wet earth and maple glazed bacon all come together in a nice, perfumy, melange. Gets mustier with airing. Body: Medium and waxy. Thicker than it looks. Coats the mouth well. Palate: Almost cookie dough at the start, quickly becoming saltier and ashy, ending […]

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 […]