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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Cardhu Gold Reserve

Bottle: Squat and dimpled on the sides. Kinda cute. Eye-catching on 45 degree angle. Nose: Honey and toffee apple. A little on the faint side. Body: Light and kinda watery if I’m being honest. Palate: Honey, toasted cereals, oak. and red apple skins. Finish: Medium length with barley sugar, faint faint lemon zest and a […]

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. […]

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 […]