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: […]

Hazelburn 2003 13 year old (Oloroso Cask)

Bottle: Standard Springbank stable bottling. Nose: Wet grass, sauvignon blanc, sultanas and demerara sugar. Not quite what I was expecting. A bit greener than your average sherried nose. Body: Medium and sticky. Palate: Strawberry conserve, brown sugar, cafe latte and ginger biscuits. Finish: Medium length and waxy. Cola bottles sours,  green grapes and white chocolate. […]

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, […]