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 […]

Springbank Local Barley 1999 14 year old

  Bottle: Springbank Society 10th anniversary bottling. A special release to Springbank Society members with an out turn of 546 bottles only. Nose: Turkish delight, milk chocolate, creme brulee and faint smoke. Body: Syrupy and viscous. Palate: Molasses, balsamic vinegar and menthol cigarettes. A little popping candy (like 16 barley barley). Glorious this is… Finish: Long […]

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 […]

Aberlour 18

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle Nose: Creme caramel, Worcestershire sauce, liquorice. Body: Lighter side of medium. A really nice mouth feel to it. Quite soft. Palate: Apricot, milk chocolate, some spice creeping in (light dustings of white pepper and cayenne) ending with a little tobacco and wood. Finish:  Tobacco note keeps going and orange zest […]

Glen Ord 1996 20 year old Chateau Lafitte Finish (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s wood range bottling. Nose: Boiled sweets, red pepper, strawberries and cream. Very nice to breathe and quite enticing. Body: Thick, syrupy and a bit brackish. Palate: Raspberries and rhubarb switching to marzipan and hay. It’s a little odd this one I must say. Finish: Rosemary, cherry liqueur and raspberry jelly. Something clashing here, the herbs […]

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. […]

Glen Elgin-Glenlivet 1995 21 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Green grapes and shoe polish. It’s musty and almost leathery but with fruit at its centre. It shouldn’t work but it does. With a little breathing, some cinnamon and clove show up. Great start… Body: Medium bodied and waxy. A little mineral fizz to it as well which I always like. […]

Ledaig 15

Bottle: Classic whisky bottle styling. Nondescript. Nose: Fresh linen when first poured, gentle smoke then stronger notes of sherry and honey as it opens up. Body: Medium bodied. Waxy. Palate: A lot of honey, more sherry, a little citrus (orange, lemon and lime in equal parts) and building menthol as it transitions into the finish. […]