Springbank 11 year old (Warehouse sample)

Bottle: Duty paid sample for trade purposes only. Warehouse no.7, rotation number 271, distilled 8/7/2005. Nose: An intense combination or raisin, model glue, new car tyre and liquorice allsorts. It’s kinda wild but balanced. With additional breathing time, the rubber note fades and black cherry starts creeping in. Requires at least 5 minutes before sipping. […]

Tobermory 1994 21 year old cask #660881 (SMoS)

Bottle: A Single Malts of Scotland bottling that comes with classic styling. The rear label tells me that the range are all vintage selections based on cask quality and character. Nose: Honey, light smoke, brown sugar and a gingerbread man with some icing. Body: Medium and sticky. Amazing mouth feel. Palate: Generous and finely balanced. Caramelized […]

Auchroisk 22 year old cask #HL12303 (Old Malt Cask)

Bottle: Standard Old Malt Cask bottling by Hunter Laing.  This single cask bottling was distilled in 1994. Refill hogshead. Nose: Orange juice, vanilla, icing sugar, some floral notes. Really fresh and inviting. Lovely to breath. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Wonderfully soft with orange meringue, dark chocolate sprinkles, cola popping candy. It’s a desert whisky […]

Springbank Local Barley 1999 16 year old

Bottle: Springbank local barley bottling 2016 release (9000 bottles out turn). Nose: Sugared almonds, wood glue and caramelized sugar. Body: Oily. Palate: Fizzy like popping candy? Tea, green peppercorns, honeycomb and sugar cane. Finish: Medium length and quite subtle with an underlying cayenne heat. Leather, old bookcases, gun oil and butter. Neat/Ice/Water: 54.3%. Some real red chili heat when you […]

Ledaig 1997 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s single cask bottling with the gold label that distinguishes it from their small batch bottlings. Nose: Toffee, tobacco, leather and cocoa powder. Body: Medium and oily to begin with but gets fizzy later on. Palate: Milk chocolate, soft smoke, brine and charred pineapple. Finish: Quite long. Burnt rubber, lemon cream and table salt. This […]

Yamazaki 12

Bottle: Standard distillery bottling. Simple, minimalist and clean. Nose: Runny honey, cinnamon, rice wine, barley sugar. Body: Lighter side of medium. Velvety. Palate: Vanilla, marmalade, peeled green apple, clove and a little charcoal. Generous and complex. Dances around the palate so nicely. Finish: Shortish but very elegant. Butter menthol, tobacco and wood. Fades delicately and […]

Glengarioch 1990 26 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Cut grass, incense, musk and rum cake. It has a dry, musty and sweet aroma underpinned with something green. Really engaging. Body: Medium and velvety. Luxurious. Palate: Single cream, brown sugar, honey and a grapefruit twist that really takes it up a level. Satisfying. Finish: On the shorter side but light, […]

Linkwood-Glenlivet 1997 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Model glue, rosemary and golden syrup when first poured. As it breathes, a big hit of meringue. Lovely. Body: Medium and sticky. Very nice mouth feel actually. Palate: Starts with fizzy sweetness like lemon sherbet but with a herbal twist, then oatcakes and honey. Madeleine cakes at the end. […]

Balmenach 2004 12 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Butterscotch, coconut dusted marshmallow and some wood varnish. Gets a little saltier with air and time. I really love breathing this one in. That dirty butterscotch melange is superb. Body: Light and a little oily. Palate: Brown sugar, lime & coconut meringue pie, hot caramel sauce like on a sundae (it heats up […]

Clynelish 18 year old cask #10999 (Old Particular)

Bottle: This is an Old Particular range bottling from Douglas Laing. Nose: Black olives, beeswax and honey. Really engaging this nose. Breathes a little waxy as well. Body: Based on the deep amber colour, I thought this was going to be much thicker but it’s just medium bodied. A lovely, velvelty,  syrupy texture. Palate: Clove, sherry, […]