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 […]

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, […]

Old Pulteney 17

Bottle: Thick and squashed with a double chin. Makes for a good finger grip (useful in rough seas perhaps… it is the maritime malt after all). Nose: Salted butter, cantaloupe and floral notes. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, green peppercorns, cereals and beeswax. Reasonably lively. Finish: Long with gentle heat. No real transformation, […]

Tullibardine 1993 23 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Marshmallows, desiccated coconut, cinnamon and creamy tropical fruits. A little breathing time goes a long way here. Nice and soft. Body: Medium and a little oily. Palate: Tropical fruits abound, white chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar. Finish: Lime, black pepper, pineapple and mango. Faint peppermint at the death. Neat/Ice/Water: 47.1%. […]

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 […]

Aberlour 18

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle Nose: Creme caramel, Worcestershire sauce, liquorice. Body: Lighter side of medium. A really nice mouth feel to it. Quite soft. Palate: Apricot, milk chocolate, some spice creeping in (light dustings of white pepper and cayenne) ending with a little tobacco and wood. Finish:  Tobacco note keeps going and orange zest […]

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. […]

Ledaig 15

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle styling. Nondescript. Nose: Fresh linen when first poured, gentle smoke then stronger notes of sherry and honey as it opens up. Body: Medium bodied. Waxy. Palate: A lot of honey, more sherry, a little citrus (orange, lemon and lime in equal parts) and building menthol as it transitions into the finish. […]

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 […]

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 […]