Longmorn 2002 16 year old (G&M)

Bottle: A Gordon & MacPhail distillery range bottling. Classic styling. Nose: Creamy sherry, vanilla and liquorice. With a little air boiled sweets emerge. Yum! Body: Medium and oily. Palate: Starts with a spicy, herbal twist and then shifts effortlessly to dark chocolate orange and dusty, leather bound books. Finish: Long and drying. Cocoa powder, orange […]

Cadenhead Creations 44 year old

Bottle: Cadenhead’s Creations bottling. Nose: Fudge, grenadine, salted macadamias, Parma ham. Inviting yet subtle. Body: Light and silky at first but gets oilier in the finish. Palate: Vanilla, single cream, vanilla, a touch of lemon and orange zest, vanilla and faint oak. Finish: Not massive in length but it compensates by being insanely well balanced. The […]

Glen Grant-Glenlivet 1985 31 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. One of the 175th anniversary year releases. Nose: Wood varnish, cocktail cherry and Cointreau. A lovely perfume this one has. Spend a little time breathing it in. Body: Soft and velvety. Palate: Treacle, Worcestershire sauce and cinnamon. This is a chewy, rich, dark beast of a dram. Finish: Damp […]

Glentauchers 1998 17 year old (G&M)

Bottle: Gordon & MacPhail’s cask strength collection which is non-chill filtered and without colouring. Nose: Beeswax, butter toffee and polished leather shoes. After 5 minutes of breathing time I’m getting some dusty books creeping in as well. Body: The border of medium bodied and heavy with good stickiness. Palate: Predominantly sweet with maple syrup, popping candy […]

Macallan Speymalt 1998 18 year old (G&M)

Bottle: Gordon & MacPhail’s Speymalt range is always Macallan, in classic whisky bottle styling. Nose: Fresh cut lemon, beeswax, orange juice, brown sugar. Fresh and inviting. Body: Light and silky. Palate: Delicate and graceful. Orange peel, raspberry, and black pepper. Meringue and a little whipped cream at the death. Finish: Hotter than I was expecting […]

Speyside-Glenlivet 1991 25 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Dusty books, cut grass and toffee. With air it gets more buttery too. Nice. Body: Medium and syrupy. Palate: Wood varnish, black cherry, blueberry, flint and Worcestershire sauce. Finish: Short. Shortbread, light menthol, salt and pepper. Neat/Ice/Water: 51%. It has a little heat when drunk neat. I prefer this with […]

Scallywag 13 year old (Sherry Edition)

Bottle: A Douglas Laing limited edition bottling of the Scallywag blend, matured in sweet sherry butts. The rear label goes into some detail around the life and times of the Fox Terrier that the range is named after. Nose: Bounty chocolate bar, freshly picked raspberries and an old Chesterfield. Body: Light and fresh. Palate: Red […]

Linkwood-Glenlivet 1992 24 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: An initial hit of green banana and soft vanilla. Quick changing of the guard to oranges galore, get’s a little more herbal as it breathes (oregano?), golden syrup. Fresh and pleasant all round. Body: Light and a bit waxy. Palate: Loads of oranges, so juicy! Hints of kumquat, […]

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 […]