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 […]

Kilkerran 8 (Cask Strength)

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle. The labeling is clean and unpretentious. A bit of history on the back to reintroduce this Campbelltown distillery that was only reopened in 2004 after a very long hiatus. Nose: The beach (I can almost hear seagulls) and then some pastry and maybe a Marlboro light being lit up. Oh yeah… […]

Singleton of Glen Ord 18

Bottle: Fairly plain and conservative labeling but on a flat, wide bottle. Like an over sized hip flask… Nose: Tangerine, beeswax and hay. Soft but pleasant enough. Body: Medium. Good viscosity. Super smooth. Palate: Fresh and clean. Orchard fruits (apricot, nectarine, peach), mirabelle jam and barley sugar in that order. Finish: A little on the […]

Bunnahabhain 12

Bottle: Dumpy style bottle in black glass. Nose: Boiled sweets, red cherries, waxed leather and seaweed. Body: Medium and syrupy. A good mouth coat. Palate: Boiled sweets remain, strong sherry hit, mildly spicy and faintly medicinal in the tail. Coastal undertones. Finish: Long and salty with strong sherry and herbal notes. Neat/Ice/Water: 46.3%. A few […]

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: […]