Auchroisk 1989 27 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: This was the 2016 Cadenhead’s club bottling released to members in exchange for their reward stamps. Have a look at the Cadenhead club membership details if curious… Nose: Mild acetone initially shifting to burnt matches, cocktail cherries and ending with walnuts and polished brass. Quite a lot going here, rather good and worth slowing […]

Longmorn-Glenlivet 1990 26 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: The classic pear note I get with most Longmorns is front and centre. Sugared almonds and oddly enough, seaweed. It’s an intriguing soft, perfumy sweetness mixed with a greener, saltier tang. Body: Light but it sizzles. Palate: Actually quite salty with menthol and cactus. It has a saccharine […]

Linkwood 12 (Flora & Fauna)

Bottle: Standard Diageo “Flora & Fauna” bottling (the phrase was coined by Michael Jackson due to the pictures on each label – in this case a pair of swans…). These are released to promote the less well known distilleries of their stable. Nose: Butter, lemon pepper and mixed herbs. Gets dustier as it breathes. Body: […]

Cardhu Gold Reserve

Bottle: Squat and dimpled on the sides. Kinda cute. Eye-catching on 45 degree angle. Nose: Honey and toffee apple. A little on the faint side. Body: Light and kinda watery if I’m being honest. Palate: Honey, toasted cereals, oak. and red apple skins. Finish: Medium length with barley sugar, faint faint lemon zest and a […]

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 […]