Ardbeg 23 YO – Twenty Something (2017)

ABV: 46.3 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and peat. At first there’s a cloud of mint and campfire smoke floating on top of a vanilla and dried fruits center. It’s a mineral rich peatiness with a coastal side to it as well. When it settles there’s a note of unscented lotion coming through in the center. The whole feels quite vibrant despite its age. With time in the glass everything seems to level out and it becomes a well-balanced nose. There are now notes of dark chocolate, raisins, figs, honey and leather floating around and the whole becomes quite complex. This is a great nose with a nice mix of new and old.

Mouth: It starts out with a lemon note in the back and a nice peppery spicyness around the edges. The mineral rich side of the peatiness grows quickly on the outside while the center part fills with sweet fruitiness with raisins, figs, honey, vanilla and old leather. It still feels quite fresh for its age but a slight veil of dustiness sits in between the sweetness and the peat. It’s quite complex and there are many small notes floating around. After a few seconds the coastal notes arrive and it becomes slightly salty which adds to the experience. (If it gets 10+ minutes in the glass there’s a fresher fruitiness arriving as well).

Finish: The transition is gentle and there’s no surges or spikes. The dried, dark fruitiness with raisins and figs are first out together with a now detectable oakiness. It’s connected to the vanilla and the unscented lotion note. The minty and mineral rich top layer is still floating around while the background fills with coastal notes, leather and dustiness side by side with a lemon sourness. With time in the glass there’s a fresher fruitiness added to the mix as well. The oakiness is dry and the late finish is a mix of oak and campfire smoke. This is a fantastic whisky and it’s an ever changing experience while time passes in the glass.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Mackmyra Select Reserve (08-0031)

ABV: 57.1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is peaty and sweet. At first there’s a big hit of a young and spirit driven distillate with a coat of vanilla and oak. It’s a very aromatic oakiness. Underneath is a metallic note and on top there’s a very sharp and spirity nail polish remover cloud. When it settles a small fruit note appear with some apples attached to it and a peatiness starts to emerge from the back. Liquorice and a hint of baking spices are in there as well. With time it becomes sweeter and a bit more approachable. This is a decent nose considering the pretences but it’s not especially interesting.

Mouth: It starts out with lemon in the back together with a metallic note. The peatiness spreads out over the palate and it’s a nice bonfire smokiness. There’s an iodine note connected to it as well. It then quickly becomes very spicy and it feels like it’s attacking the palate. It feels a bit hot and rushed. There’s still the vanilla, oak and a honey sweetness as to be found. The spicyness takes over and hides a lot of the other flavours. The aromatic oakiness do break through though.

Finish: The spicyness spikes and then spreads out over the palate. The peat and the sweet flavours with vanilla, honey and liquorice quickly pass by and the oakiness completely takes over. The peat stays a while out on the edges though. It is a very nice and aromatic oakiness with a lot of herbal and spice notes attached to it. It stays a bit too long and becomes slightly off-putting after a while. When the oak finally fades all that’s left is a metallic note in the back. This is not the best of whiskies and it feels a bit rushed and underaged.

Additional information
This is bottle 19 out of 51 from a private cask. It was distilled 2008-05-30 and bottled 2011-10-27. It was aged in a 30L ex-bourbon cask in ”Smögen”.

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Laphroaig 28 YO

ABV: 44.4 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet fruits and mild peat. At first there’s a gentle campfire smoke floating on top of a sweet center which consists of vanilla, oak, honey and assorted dried fruits. Underneath there are notes of lemon and fresh herbs. There’s a coastal side to it with a whiff of salty ocean air. A smidge of iodine is detectable but the age really shows through, especially in the mellowing of the peatiness and the rowdy Laphroaig character. There’s also a mix of pipe tobacco and sweet liquorice found within the center part. The fruitiness grows darker with time in the glass. This is an amazing nose, both for exploration and just being a pleasant experience.

Mouth: It starts out very mild with a nice ripe, red berry fruitiness. After a second or two, the whole grows exponentially and delivers vanilla, mild smoke and a complex age note with dusty bookshelves and leather. Then it slightly shifts and delivers a fresh tropical fruitiness, lemon, liquorice and a small black coffee bitterness in the back. It really shows its age in taste and it has a very nice, yet mild, character. In the back there are notes of peat with a mix of tobacco, smoke and coastal notes. The iodine is gone and it comes through as very poised and distinguished through and through.

Finish: The dusty bookshelf note increases in intensity through the transition and a very mild black pepper spicyness gently rolls out over the palate. First out in the center part are the fruit notes. The darker ripe berries seem to have merged with the tropical fruitiness. Vanilla, coconut and oak are mixed in with the fruits and the first half of the finish is pure magic. There’s still a fresh lemon note in the back and the peatiness covers the outside of the palate. The complexity of the whole continues throughout but the finish feels a bit fresher and younger. When everything starts to fade the oakiness reveals itself and it’s a nice oakiness with a mix of oak spices, vanilla and coconut. It still has some old grey and old oak planks within though. In the late finish a chocolate note appears. This is a fantastic whisky which balances all the sensations and complexity throughout the experience.

Additional information
This limited release was aged in a mix of quarter casks and ex-bourbon barrels and then finished for 12 months in sherry butts. It was released in 2018.

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High Coast Älv (River)

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and sweet. At first there’s a sweet honey and vanilla layer surrounding the edges of the glass while the center core reveals a ”spirity” green apple distillate. There’s an overlay of sweet liquorice and a salty character comes through from the back. It becomes sweeter with time in the glass. This is not a complex nose and it’s young but it has no sharp edges or harshness coming through.

Mouth: There’s a big immidiate impact of sweetness, ABV spicyness and liquorice. When it settles the green apples arrive. It does show a little harshness on the palate. There’s a thin but nice black coffee bitterness showing up in the background but it’s way back and isn’t making any claims to be in focus. It feels a bit uneventful at this point.

Finish: It starts out with the ABV turning into a black pepper spicyness. Otherwise there’s the same sweetness, the same thin coffee note in the back and liquorice is still a main part of the experience. The green apples are pushed to the back when the oakiness arrives. It’s a nice fresh oakiness which makes a subtle entrance and slowly takes over. The liquorice remains and the two stays for the late finish. This is a decent whisky which really shows a good distillery character, but as a standalone whisky it lacks in both age and complexity.

Additional information
This is part of the High Coast Origins series. It’s aged for around 6-7 years in ex-bourbon barrels and quarter casks. 8259 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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High Coast Berg (Mountain)

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and fresh oak. At first there’s a thick lid of dark fruits covered in a brown sugar syryp. It’s sitting on top of a young, spirity distillate. There’s an immidiate oakiness covering the background. Up front there are cinnamon and mild spearmint notes. There’s a fresher green apple note coming through as well, but the whole thing feels top heavy and one-dimensional. With time a coffee note emerges in the center. This is a nice nose but corners are cut which is very much noticable.

Mouth: It starts out with a very dark fruitiness together with a coffee bitterness. There’s an immidiate oakiness, with is a bit too close for comfort. It still feels like all the flavours sits on top and there’s a lack of complexity underneath. With time it produces a chili spicyness and a hint of walnut. The brown sugar returns but it’s not as pronounced as on the nose. The freshness from the distillate is well hidden behind the oak and sherry.

Finish: The finish starts out with the dark sherry notes and the oak moving forwards in different layers without ever touching each other. It sort of feels like there’s a hole in the middle of it all. After a while that hole gets filled with some walnuts and coffee. In the late finish it’s just the oakiness by itself. It becomes too oaky and sort of off-putting in the end. This is a good whisky, but the corners cut to create this sherry-bomb has made it overoaked and top heavy.

Additional information
This single malt is part of the High Coast Origins series. It’s about 6 YO, first aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in a mix of first fill american oak PX-casks of various sizes. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Sweden Rock 21 – Ny Amerikansk Ek (Box)

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and oaky. At first there’s a big hit from the charred oak with vanilla and a dry charcoal smokiness. Underneath lies a thin layer of red berries and a fresh sour lemon as well. It’s got an initial bourbon character which mellows out with time in the glass which gives more room for the distillate to shine through. After a while a thin butterscotch note emerges from the background. This is a decent nose but it feels a bit over-oaked which hides the nice flavours underneath.

Mouth: It starts out with a very prickly spicyness coming from the wood followed by the heavy oakiness. The charcoal is less noticable on the palate. It’s actually quite unpleasant at first. When it settles a bit there’s a lemon note in the back as well as a feint butterscotch note. The red berries do come through for those who wait long enough. The distillate comes through as a bit flat due to the low ABV, but the wood spices are already attacking the palate enough.

Finish: The finish starts out with a mix of ripe red berries and butterscotch coming through from the back as the wood spices take a much needed brake for a second or two. They return once again though and together with the wood obscures most of the flavours all the way through the finish. The charcoal returns in the late finish. This is a so and so whisky which is way too oaky and spicy. It feels unbalanced and leaves a lot of the nice flavours obscured by the heavy oakiness. This should do well as a base for longdrinks and cocktails though.

Additional information
This is a limited edition swedish whisky made by the Box Distillery and blended by Agitator whisky maker for the Sweden Rock festival. It’s aged for at least 5-6 years in a mix of heavily charred new oak casks and ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

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Inchgower 27 YO – Limited Release (2018)

ABV: 55.3 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a malty sweetness with vanilla and honey attached to it. There’s a minty overlay and a musty background note as well. The fruitiness leans towards baked apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. The nose is quite straight forward and there seem to be lacking signs of age. There’s also a nail polish remover note somewhere within. With time in the glass the vanilla note becomes a lot more pronounced. It greatly improves with time in the glass and the signs of age do show up after about 20 minutes. This is a nice and rich nose, but it seems to be a bit one-dimensional.

Mouth: It starts out with a big hit of ABV spicyness. It soon settles and the spicyness becomes a nice outer layer of black pepper. In the middle, it feels quite green and herbal as well as lemon sour. The vanilla and the sweetness are nowhere near what was presented on the nose. There are notes of pine and anis root. In the back there’s a small bitter note slowly increasing over time. The fruitiness do come through with a mixed variety. It still lacks some of the telltale signs of age, but they do show up after a few sips. It’s very fresh and lively.

Finish: The ABV increases in intensity through the transition. The first things popping up after it settles are the pine note and the bitterness. It takes a few seconds but then the fruitiness reappears as well as the lemon note. It doesn’t take long for the oakiness to take over though and it delivers a mix of pine, oak, tropical fruits and a very nice nuttiness. It’s a very aggressive oakiness and it brings the first clear signs of the long maturation period. The finish is the best part of the journey. This is a very good whisky. It’s a really weird one which gives it a nice exploration quality. It really needs time in the glass.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1990 and aged in refill american oak hogsheads. It’s one of Diageo’s special releases for 2018. The Bottle tried is 0067/8544.

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Teerenpeli Kaski

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Finland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet fruits and mild peat. At first there’s a round vanilla, liquorice and butterscotch sweetness with a mixed bag of dried fruits and the whole thing has a fruitcake vibe to it. When it settles a distinct, yet pleasantly approachable, peat start to appear around the edges and in the back. The peatiness is a mix of herbs and burning wood. A minty freshness sits on top and the whole feels extremely well balanced between the different elements. This is a great nose. It’s not the most adventurous experience and it’s a bit too mild, but it doesn’t need to be bold when it’s this well made.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild butterscotch and vanilla center with the peat in an outside layer. It has a very nice gritty complex note in the back and a nice and hefty sherry sweetness up front. There’s raisins and fresh red berries, tobacco and just a hint of sulfur. It does feel somewhat top heavy and a young distillate shines through the otherwise poised exterior. After a few seconds a black coffee note starts to shine through in the back as well as some wood spices and a fresh oakiness.

Finish: The menthol layer and the wood spices create a nice spread of spicyness through the transition and the dried fruits fills the center together with the vanilla and butterscotch. After a second or two the nice gritty complexity returns which creates a nice three-dimensional feel to it. It’s a slow finish and it takes quite a while before the oakiness start to take over. It’s a slightly boring oakiness which doesn’t match the rest of the dram. This is a great whisky with a lot to offer. It feels top heavy throughout but the complexity of the background notes makes up for it to a big degree.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-sherry casks for an undisclosed amount of time. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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The Balvenie 12 YO – The Sweet Toast of American Oak

ABV: 43 %
Origin:
Speyside
Type:
Single malt
Bottles in collection:
1
Emptied bottles:
0
Impression:
3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and oaky. At first a mix of honey, vanilla and oak sits on top of a sweet and fruity mix of oranges and malt. Black liquorice creates an outer layer surrounding everything else. It’s very mild and inviting, but the oakiness is sort of overpowering it to a certain extent. With time in the glass the oranges increase in intensity and try to break through the heavy oak. A hint of cinnamon starts to emerge from the background too. This is a decent nose, but it sort of hides the Balvenie character, which is a pity.

Mouth: It starts out with a mix of herbs and spices, but soon reverts back to being sweet and oaky. Vanilla, honey and malt are making up the main body, but the oak is like a blanket on top. The oranges and orange peel are sitting in the background. There’s a butterscotch note coming through as well, but it’s not very protruding. With time the oak increases in intensity and the whole thing is a bit astringent and dry.

Finish: It starts out with the bitter notes of orange peel and oak, but it quickly reverts back to being over oaked. It’s very ”bitey”, astringent and dry and the whole finish is nothing but oak. It’s a nice enough wood flavour, but it gets a little boring after a few sips. There are some vanilla and honey notes within the oakiness, but they are more of a integrated part and get lost in there. This is not the best Balvenie out there, but it certainly reflects what it says on the bottle very well.

Additional information
This release is a part of the ”Balvenie Story Range”. It’s first aged for 12 years in refill ex-bourbon casks and then finished in heavily charred virgin american oak casks.

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Glen Scotia Victoriana (Batch 001)

ABV: 54.8 %
Origin: Campbeltown
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is honey and ABV spiciness. At first, there’s a massive ”in-your-face” honey sweetness. On top of that floats a peppermint cloud and underneath there are notes of vanilla, black liquorice and just a small hint of peat. After a few seconds a middle layer consisting of red fruits with a hint of lemon starts to appear, but the honey sweetness remains the main focal point. When it settles the base starts to move towards a butterscotch flavour. This is pleasant but slightly too sweet on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out equivalent to the nose with a massive honey sweetness and a spiciness from the ABV. After a few seconds vanilla, black liquorice and butterscotch spread out creating a whole with a big impact. There’s a slight bitterness around the edges and a fruitiness on top and in the background. The oak comes through sort of as a background noise, which isn’t a bad thing.

Finish: The start of the finish is still very sweet but not as sweet as before. There’s some dusty old bookcases in the back and the black liquorice and vanilla is still in there. The fruitiness is hard to pinpoint since it sort of shifts through the layers. There’s most definitely a citrus side to it though. The oak sits in the back and it’s a dry, slightly bitter oakiness. It’s just a solid, nice oakiness without any specific add-ons. There’s black liquorice and a tiny peatiness when all else subsides. This is a nice whisky, and a dessert in a glass.

Additional information
This cask strength release is aged between 12-17 years in 70 % heavily charred ex-bourbon barrels, 30 % ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and then finished for 6 months in first fill ex-bourbon barrels. It consists of 10 % peated and 90 % unpeated malt. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. This is batch 001, but there has been an earlier release 2015.

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Arran Quarter Cask – The Bothy

ABV: 56.2 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and spicy. At first there’s a sweet honey and vanilla layer with oak spices on top. The oakiness is present from the start which brings coconut to the mix as well. Underneath is a zesty lemon note and after a while it’s joined by a mix of yellow fruits like mangos and peaches. The sweetness and the spicy oak is the main event though and it lacks a bit of balance overall. There’s not much complexity to it. It does settle a bit with time in the glass. This is a very nice nose, but the oak is a bit too protruding.

Mouth: It starts out with a spicy oakiness around the edges and a nice fruit mix in the back. The sweetness with vanilla, coconut and honey sits in the center. There’s a savory note in the back and somewhere in the middle a gritty note floats around and makes the whole a lot more interesting and adds complexity to the experience. The fruits are more sour and a bit bitter at this point, with lemon zest as the main note. The spicyness increases over time and adds a nice power-up.

Finish: The fruitiness comes crashing in and delivers a very nice mix of tropical fruits. It’s still mangos, lemons and peaches and now they get to shine for a couple of seconds before the oakiness takes over once again. It’s still packed with oak spices and coconut. It’s not as sweet as before and the main focus is on the oak. It once again becomes unbalanced and the late finish is a woodshop oakiness which comes through as a bit dry. It’s not bad at all, but it obscures the fantastic flavours behind it. After a while the coconut returns as well. This is a very good whisky and you get what the label suggests; A fantastic distillate overrun by small casks.

Additional information
This whisky was aged first fill ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in american oak quarter casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Arran Seuternes Cask Finish

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and sour. At first there’s a thick layer of sweetness with honey, vanilla and sweet, green grapes sitting on top of a mix of fresh lemon and tropical fruits. There are pineapple, mango and passion fruit notes within the fruitiness. It feels rich and there’s a spicyness somewhere out towards the edges and it comes from a fairly fresh oakiness. There’s also a salty caramel floating around somewhere on top. This is a very nice nose. It’s not complex and it’s a bit too sweet, but it still feels decently balanced.

Mouth: It Starts out with sweet green grapes and gooseberries and a sweet honey and vanilla richness. Behind the sweetness there’s lemon in the back, now with a bit of zesty bitterness. The tropical fruits can still be found as well. There’s a slight dustiness, some malt and a pinch of salt in the center. It very much has a white wine aura from the finishing casks. After a while a quite complex mix of savory and sour starts to arise in the background and it has a gritty note attached to it. A mild spicyness builds up around the edges for those who wait.

Finish: The spicyness slowly intensifies and it doesn’t take long before the whole array of flavours follow. The tropical fruits gets to shine but they do have the lemon zest in the background as back-up. The front of the palate consists of the honey and vanilla sweetness, but it feels slightly more generic at this point. It’s a long finish and when the flavours start to fade the oak, lemon and spicyness stays behind and gives it a very nice send of. The oak is competent and brings a nice coconut flavour to the late finish. This is a great whisky. It’s a little bit too sweet but overall gives a nice journey throughout.

Additional information
This whisky was aged for around 6 years in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished for 8-12 months in Seuternes wine barriques. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Bowmore 23 YO 1989 – Port Cask Matured

ABV: 50.8 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet fruits and mild peat. At first there’s a thick layer of sweet dark fruits with a top layer of nail polish remover. It feels a bit subdued at first and it takes time before everything starts to come through. There’s a mild peatiness with a mix of tobacco smoke, brine and a herbs out on the edges and with time in the glass there are notes of dark chocolate, lavender and some assorted nuts arriving in the center as well. There’s a lemon sourness in the back. This is a nice nose with a lot of small flavours swirling around.

Mouth: It starts out with a mix of tobacco and dark, sweet and sticky fruits. There’s a slightly detectable soapy note in the back together with a mild lemon sourness. With time there’s a hint of vanilla coming through but the sweetness is mostly connected to the fruitiness. It feels quite complex overall with a mix of bitter, sour and sweet sensations. There’s a herbal side as well as a floral, with a lavender note still in there (connected to the soapy note). The peat is sitting around the edges and it’s connected to the whole by the tobacco note. Everything feels slightly dusty.

Finish: There’s a mild and pleasant peppery note which gives a nice power-up in the transition. After it settles the soapy lavender note once again becomes detectable. The fruitiness is brighter now with a mix of dried and tropical fruits as well as the lemon in the back. It still comes through as complex and notes of dark chocolate, walnuts, vanilla, herbs and lavender creates an interesting journey. The oakiness is a bit anonomous even after everything dies down. This is a very good whisky which feels a bit younger than its age. It’s an interesting journey throughout, but the soapy note brings it down a notch.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2013. It was aged in ex-port casks. It’s an unchillfiltered limited release.

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Glen Scotia 10 YO – 2021 Campbeltown Malts Festival Limited Edition Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish

ABV: 56,1 %
Origin: Campbeltown
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and spicy. At first there’s a powerful mix of high ABV, vanilla, oak and kitchen spices. There’s also a liquorice root note as well as a subdued red berry fruitiness underneath. Everything seems to expand over time in the glass and it’s sort of hard to pinpoint individual notes specifically. After a while a gritty background noise and a round contrasting butterscotch note start to shine through. This is a very interesting and quite complex nose with a lot to offer for the explorer.

Mouth: It starts out with sour lemon coming through on the edges while the center part fills with ripe red berries, butterscotch and a chili spicyness. It takes a few seconds for the full effect of the spicyness. The oakiness, vanilla and the liquorice root are now covering the entire background of the palate. It’s quite salty and savory which gives it a nice array of sensations. There’s not much of a shift or development at this point.

Finish: The ABV spicyness flares up and hides most of the flavours. First out it the salty and savory notes in the back followed by the liquorice and oak. The ripe red berries are still in there but are somewhat lackluster. The finish is less sweet and is more focused on liquorice root, kitchen spices and herbs, now with a detectable cinnamon note somewhere within. The oakiness feels fresh and lacks a bit of character. This is a great whisky by all means but it’s really hard to break through the gnarly and hard exterior (It improves immensely with a few drops of water).

Additional information
This is a limited Campbeltown Malts festival release aged in first-fill ex-bourbon casks and then finished in first-fill ex-Bordeaux red wine casks. Lastly it was married together in refill casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Daftmill 2010 – Summer Batch Release

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Lowlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky was aged in 25 ex-bourbon barrels. It was distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2021. 6250 bottles were released. It has natural colour.

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Longrow Peated (2021 Release)

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Campbeltown
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
The Longrow Peated is a NAS core range release from Springbank. There’s no information about which casks are used. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Springbank 10 YO (2019 Release)

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Campbeltown
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is at first very fruity and spicy. There’s orange zest, peppermint, ripe red apples and vanilla together with the easy to recognize Springbank peatiness. The latter sits as a backbone with notes of rubber, tar and burning coal. This all comes together with some darker sherry notes, sweet liquorice and a whiff of milk chocolate.

Mouth: It’s salty, but the main focus is on the fruits. Oranges, lemons, ripe apples and now also some tropical fruits are added. It’s milder than on the nose and honey and vanilla cover the fruits. It has a very oily texture. The spicyness comes slowly and the oak and the peaty notes lurks in the background. There’s also a copper note detectable on the edges.

Finish: There’s a burst of peat smoke at first. When it settles it gets replaced with a complex array of fruitiness with a mix of darker fruits, red berries and fresh tropical fruits. There’s a salty note on top. The oak is savory and comes through together with the rubber and tar notes. The oakiness is very laid back and let’s the rest of the complexity shine. The finish is almost like a sangria, with red wine, spices and a lot of different fruits and berries.

Additional information
This whisky is distilled 2.5 times and it’s aged in a mix of 60 % american ex-bourbon oak barrels and 40 % european ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Tullamore DEW

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

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Additional information
Tullamore D.E.W. is a triple distilled irish whiskey. It’s aged for 4-7 years in a combination of mostly american ex-bourbon barrels and some spanish ex-sherry casks.

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Talisker 8 YO – Special Release 2021

ABV: 59.7 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

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Additional information
This whisky is one of Diageo’s special releases 2021. The is no information about which casks are used. It’s bottled at natural cask strength.

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Laphroaig Four Oak

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is peaty and medicinal. At first, this is a burning log fire. Behind the heavy layer of peat there are notes of a salty seashore breeze and a medicinal iodine. Strong notes of vanilla together with a sweetness moves forward. It gets ashy with time in the glass. Assorted ripe red berries are found in the background somewhat integrated into the wall of flavours. This is a decent nose which suffers slightly due to low ABV.

Mouth: A lemon note rushes by and sweetness spreads out. It doesn’t take long before it turns very peaty and medicinal though. The fruitiness is still found, but it’s covered by vanilla and honey. A more earthy and grassy peatiness also comes through. The oak starts to move forward with a tiny bitterness. The note of honey is still very noticable and there is a savory note somewhere in the middle. A spicyness slowly builds up over time.

Finish: A mild burst of spicyness quickly pass by and then the medicinal peat and the oakiness takes over again. The oakiness is dry but not astringent and it brings more of the vanilla and a hint of walnuts. There’s no fruitiness nor honey found in the late finish but the savory note comes through once again. The peaty notes stay for a long time after everything else has subsided. This is a decent whisky which could be a lot better with a more powerful impact.

Additional information
This travel retail exclusive expression was released in 2017. The maturation is done in four different cask types; Ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin oak casks and european hogsheads. It has about 40 ppm.

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