Springbank Local Barley Trilogy

@jasonwhiskylova & @CuanBrown pushed the boat out and did something a bit special over the Easter weekend. Not one, not two but 3 Springbank Local Barley releases, all reviewed and contrasted in the same sitting. How did this come to pass? We had 50% each in a spare 11, I had a spare 16 and […]

Longmorn-Glenlivet 1987 26 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling. Nose: Model paints, orange juice, toffee apple. Body: Medium and a little waxy. Palate: Sugar syrup,  singed lime, melon, rice crackers and a blue cheese cameo right at the end. Finish: A little soapy and flat. Honeycomb. Surprising considering everything that has preceded it. This is the achilles of the […]

5 Very Special G&M Samples

I have been extremely fortunate to get the remains of a friend’s samples of the following drams, which are by and large, superb. All Gordon & MacPhail rare vintage samples. He himself only got to these after winning a draw so I’m very lucky indeed to get what remains of the 5cl samples in each case. I […]

Highland Park 19 year old (SMWS 4.209)

Bottle: SMWS standard bottling. Code 4.209 means it’s a Highland Park and this one has been described on the bottle as “The Cinderella Cottage”. As with all of these they write an ode on the label to the liquid within… Nose: White wine, faint ash, parma ham and rosemary. Quite subtle but inviting nonetheless. Body: […]

Aberlour A’Bunadh (Batch 53)

Bottle: A dumpy style that hints at antiquity with the wax covered stopper (a nice touch). The labeling tells me the whisky within is produced in the tradition of the 19th century. Not sure what that might mean (did they do NAS whiskies in the 19th century?)… Nose: Wood polish, raisins, molasses sugar and a […]

The Day After – 29th August

What’s the last thing you’d want to do after drinking 8 different whiskies the night before…? Why do we do this to ourselves? It turned out that an old school chum had invited me the same weekend for a visit to his new house. We don’t see each other that often, both enjoy a dram […]