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 […]

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 […]