Glen Moray 1998 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Lemon meringue, lime and lemongrass. There’s also a whiff of bounty chocolate bars in there somewhere which I quite like. Body: This one has distinct legs down the side of the glass. Heavier side of medium with a good mouth coat going on. Palate: Lemon sherbet, haribo sours, cut grass […]

Auchroisk 22 year old cask #HL12303 (Old Malt Cask)

Bottle: Standard Old Malt Cask bottling by Hunter Laing.  This single cask bottling was distilled in 1994. Refill hogshead. Nose: Orange juice, vanilla, icing sugar, some floral notes. Really fresh and inviting. Lovely to breath. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Wonderfully soft with orange meringue, dark chocolate sprinkles, cola popping candy. It’s a desert whisky […]

Glen Elgin 12

Bottle: Something of a fusion between the classic whisky bottle and a dumpier style bottle. Nose: Faint nail varnish, brown sugar, cereals. Body: Light and silky. Palate: Very soft. Glides down. Boiled sweets, a little black pepper, honey and butter. Finish:  Medium length. Barley, a hint of lime and faint smoke. Neat/Ice/Water: 43% and soft already […]

Linkwood-Glenlivet 1997 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Model glue, rosemary and golden syrup when first poured. As it breathes, a big hit of meringue. Lovely. Body: Medium and sticky. Very nice mouth feel actually. Palate: Starts with fizzy sweetness like lemon sherbet but with a herbal twist, then oatcakes and honey. Madeleine cakes at the end. […]

Glen Elgin-Glenlivet 1995 21 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Green grapes and shoe polish. It’s musty and almost leathery but with fruit at its centre. It shouldn’t work but it does. With a little breathing, some cinnamon and clove show up. Great start… Body: Medium bodied and waxy. A little mineral fizz to it as well which I always like. […]

Balmenach 2004 12 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Butterscotch, coconut dusted marshmallow and some wood varnish. Gets a little saltier with air and time. I really love breathing this one in. That dirty butterscotch melange is superb. Body: Light and a little oily. Palate: Brown sugar, lime & coconut meringue pie, hot caramel sauce like on a sundae (it heats up […]

Glen Grant 1995 21 year old (Signatory)

Bottle: Standard Signatory bottling. Nose: Floral with a little salted caramel. Quite pleasant. Body: Lighter side of medium and a little waxy. Palate: Lemon curd, lightly salted butter, lemon sours. Fresh and a little bit tart. Finish: The butter remains but gets saltier, elder flower and a little aniseed. A bit flat for me. This is […]

Aberlour 16 year old cask #4738

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle Nose: Sultanas, butterscotch, cinnamon and a hint of something green at the back. Boiled sweets after it breathes a little. Sweet, musty and invitingly spicy. Very savoury. Body: Full bodied and viscous. Quite sticky. Palate: Treacle, pecans, butterscotch, ginger biscuits, chocolate coated coffee beans and black cherries. Oh my […]

Strathmill 1995 20 year old Chateau Lafitte Finish (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Vanilla fudge, rose water, orange juice. Body: Light and syrupy. Palate: Rum punch with strawberry, orange. Fruit salad and brown sugar. A real onslaught of creamy fruit flavours. Finish: Reasonably long with brown sugar, orange peel, clove and cayenne pepper. Neat/Ice/Water: 52.7%. Best neat. Verdict: Quaffable. 20 years old […]

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 […]