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 […]

Highland Park 2003 14 year old (Whisky Broker)

Bottle: Shorter/squatter style bottle with a hard shoulder. Whisky Broker independent bottling. Nose: Honey, beeswax, dry seaweed and scorched rubber. Body: Velvety and waxy. Medium. Palate: Butterscotch, smoke and menthol in that order. The menthol in particular is a big hit at the end. Finish:  Menthol has moved in and it is not leaving. Medium […]

Caol Ila 1984 31 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Scorched rubber, roasted salted peanuts, bounty bars. All in perfect harmony. Oh my! Body: Thick and oily. Palate: A mouth coating coconut & lime daiquiri with a healthy shot of peat smoke in it’s belly. Light dusting of cayenne in the tail. Finish: Drying menthol and faint ash yet still […]

Bunnahabhain 1989 27 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Lemon freshness, sea air and dusty books. Body: Light and a little chalky. Palate: Initially floral and buttery, then salty, then sour fading with some lime zest. Finish: Good length with lots of mineral notes, some menthol and Lemsip! Neat/Ice/Water: 41.9% neat. Verdict: Superior. What a great dram […]

Kilkerran 2006 11 year old Rum Barrel

Bottle: It’s a Cadenhead’s small batch style bottle for a Kilkerran warehouse tasting. Nose: Dusty vinyl, mixed citrus and sugar crusted pastry. Body: Thick and syrupy. Palate: Milk bottles and sugared almonds shifting to an intense liquorice, sour apple and lychees. Finish: Long, dry and flinty. Neat/Ice/Water: 57.7%. Too hot and thick neat, this really comes alive with […]

Glendronach 2003 13 year old (Cask # 713)

Bottle: This is a special bottling exclusively for the Green Welly Stop. It’s a single PX cask maturation. Nose: Vanilla, sultana and marzipan. Clean and dry to breathe. Body: Waxy and a little resinous. Palate: Cointreau-ish flavours, burnt brown sugar, a little eucalyptus and toasted oak. Elegant delivery. Good structure. Finish: Medium length and soft. […]

Springbank 12 Burgundy Cask

Bottle: Limited release distillery bottling released mid 2016. Nose: Redcurrant, cranberry and haylofts. With a little breathing some rather nice toffee apple emerges. Body: Medium and sticky. Palate: Sweet and opulent. Boiled lollies, candy bananas and fruit salad with whipped cream. Faint herbs in the tail. Absolutely smashing! Finish: Long. Liquorice and mint dominate with […]

Royal Brackla 1995 12 year old (Old Malt Cask)

Bottle: Standard Old Malt Cask bottling by Hunter Laing.  This single cask bottling was distilled in 1994. Refill hogshead. Nose: Wet grass, faint varnish and a strong hit of vanilla. Yum! Body: Lighter side of medium. Silky/creamy. Palate: Candy bananas and coconut oil at the off before shifting to an almost cointreau like orange taste […]

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 […]