Alla inlägg av williamswhiskydatabase

The Macallan Sienna

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is ripe fruits and berries. A thick layer of vanilla, overripe plums and raisins stretch out over a fresh fruity base. In the back there are green grapes and red apples. There’s a gentle spicyness surrounding everything and in the background the oakiness peek through. There’s also a ginger note binding everything together. This is most certainly a sherry bomb, even though it’s quite mild to the nose.

Mouth: It starts out very thick and creamy. It’s vanilla heavy and the ripe fruitiness is still prominent, but it has taken a small step back. A sour lemon note is now sitting in the background. There is a floral note floating around in the middle. The spicyness builds up and it’s coming from the oak, not the ABV. It becomes slightly astringent after a while. The oakiness has a nutty side to it with walnuts coming through and they bring along a nice bitterness.

Finish: The bitterness is joining the vanilla and the sherry fruitiness as the main attraction. The spicyness travels on a downward slope and gets further and further away. It’s a very nice spicyness and it feels more powerful than it is. The oakiness is somewhat ananomous and just push forward the walnuts as a representative. It’s a very nice, nutty flavour though. The finish is long and rewarding. This is surprisingly good.

Additional information
This expression is a part of the Macallan 1824 series. It’s aged in a mix of first fill ex-sherry casks made from american and european oak. It has natural colour.

The Macallan 12 YO – Sherry Oak Cask

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and dark sherry fruity. At first there’s a mix of vanilla and sweet liquorice together with liqueur-soaked cherries, raisins, ripe plums and just a small hint of marzipan. Some fresh berries come through on the edges and maybe a hint of red apples too. The cask influence really covers most of the distillate. There’s a seeweedy note on top that brings it down a few notches. This is not complex, just mild and sherry-driven.

Mouth: The intro is quite flat and watery and it takes a while to get to the flavours. First out are vanilla and cherries, then a bitterness builds up and leads way directly to the oakiness. The sweet liquorice is still prominent in the mix as well as raisins. Some dried figs are now also detectable. A tiny spice note and a hint of cinnamon tries to fight the bitter oak for attention. It’s somewhat astringent, but it only shows after a few sips.

Finish: A dry oak almost immediately takes front seat. Plums, figs and raisins are creating a baseline together with the sweet liquorice. There are coffee, cinnamon and brown syryp notes. It’s quite dry and astringent. There is a spicyness but it starts out on a low level and then moves on a downslope through the entire finish. The oak is wet, grey wooden planks. This is a decent dram but the nose is much better than the rest.

Additional information
This expression is matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain. It rests in the same cask for the entire maturation period.

Auchentoshan Springwood

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is green fruits and cola. At first there’s a vanilla and cola sweetness with sour green apples and a metallic note piercing through. There’s a cloud of mild menthol covering everything else. With time in the glass some honey comes through. Deep in the background there’s some cardboard to be found. It’s a very uneventful nose and it feels young and lacks complexity.

Mouth: It starts out somewhat flat and it takes a second or two before a sweetness builds up around the edges. It’s starts out as a generic sweetness, but ends up in a honey note. In the center, the cola note and the sour apples gets accompanied by the oak. It’s bitter and it seems to cling to the cola note. It feels a bit underaged. A toffee note comes through after a fair amount of time and the apples gently disappear into the background.

Finish: The menthol flare up before it reveals a quite bitter finish. The cola note is still in there and the toffee note grows stronger. The fruitiness is now residing a long way back. The oakiness is a bit astringent and bitter. There is a black coffee note in there, but overall it’s not a pleasant bitterness. There’s a dusty sprinkle coming through in the late finish and the apple/cola combination return in the late finish. It still feels underaged and a bit too simple. This is not a great dram.

Additional information
The Springwood was a travel exclusive release matured in north american ex-bourbon casks. It’s no longer part of the distillery’s line-up.

Mortlach 12 YO – The Wee Witchie

ABV: 43.4 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity, sweet and floral. There’s honey on top of green apples, ripe green grapes and some fresh red berries. There’s a tiny hint of menthol. Vanilla and some liquorice comes through after a while in the glass. There’s an earthy note of dry soil sitting in the back together with dust and some heather. A savory note sits in the heart of everything making it quite complex but still very clean and easy on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out honey sweet and spicy. The fruitiness rolls in like a wave with the ripe green grapes in front, but now there’s some darker dried fruits in the mix. The oak arrives pretty early and brings a nice bitterness. There’s walnuts, dust and the savory note is still found in the middle of everything.

Finish: This goes immediatly to the oak. It’s grey weathered oak planks and walnuts. The heather and the dry soil come back for a couple of seconds. The savory note keeps on making appearances and there’s now a hint of peaches peeking through the oakiness. It’s not astringent, but it is somewhat dry on the toungue. The spicyness follows along.

Additional information
”Wee witchie” comes from the nickname of the smallest still in the Mortlach distillery. This 12 YO was first released in 2018. It’s distilled 2.81 times and aged in both american ex-bourbon barrels and european ex-sherry casks.

Mortlach 16 YO – Distiller’s Dram

ABV: 43.4 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is rich and fruity. At first there are dark and dried fruits overpowering everything else. There are raisins, dades, prunes and a dried tropical fruit mix with pineapples and nectarines. After a few second a top layer forms with oak, vanilla and a sprinkle of dust. It feels very thick and it almost feels savory behind the fruity exterior. This is a fruitcake whisky and there are baking spices coming through to accentuate that. This is a lovely nose, but it lacks a tiny bit of depth.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweet and malty core and a fruity outer layer. The dried tropical fruits remain, but they are more integrated in the sweet core with vanilla and honey. The darker fruit notes have moves towards the edges where they interact with notes which could be described as leather-bound books on a dusty shelf. There is a hint of butterscotch coming through for those who are patient. The spices are more and more leaning towards cinnamon.

Finish: The first thing to pop up is the leather-bound books and dust. There’s now also a hint of tobacco. Inside it’s now a much fresher fruitiness with the dried tropical fruit mix very much in focus. It stays like that until the oakiness arrives. It’s a dry and quite pleasant oakiness which isn’t making a big impact, but brings a soft nuttiness and a mild bitterness to the otherwise fruity finish. This is really a great whisky, but all the flavours feels like they are sitting close to the front and it leaves a slightly empty space in the background.

Additional information
This ”Distiller’s dram” is a part of the Mortlach core range. It was released in 2018. It’s aged in a mix of first fill and refill ex-sherry casks.

Arran Small Batch – Heavily Peated Sherry Casks

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and peat. At first there’s a layer of sweet dark fruits with raisins, overripe plums and coffee liqeuer. On top lies a thin fresh oakiness and underneath lies a peat note and a sweet and sour mix of fresher fruits. Soon the peat starts to merge with the dark fruits and it’s creating tobacco and leather notes within. When it’s settled it becomes sweeter and vanilla and honey are added to the mix. This is a great nose. It’s young and lively but offers a pretty good balance between the flavour components.

Mouth: It starts out with a sour note in the back and a dark fruits and coffee mix up front. It’s quite spicy from the start. It hasn’t got a sweet character. The peat is creating a somewhat weird layer around the edges together with the sour note, which now is coming through as bitter lemon peel. It’s a lot brighter compared to the nose and the Arran house style shines through clearly. There’s a lot of sensations peaking at the same time and it’s a bit hard to navigate through it.

Finish: The spicyness flare up through the transition while the sweet vanilla and dark fruits move towards the edges. Left in the middle is a mix of fresher assorted fruits and sour bitter lemon. The peat is in there as well but it’s not the main attraction. A savory note pops up in the back together with the oakiness. It’s a very fresh and uninteresting oak which lacks a bit of character. This is a very good whisky but it lacks a bit of structure and balance. It’s just a big pile of flavours stacked upon each other. It still makes it a great experience overall.

Additional information
This whisky is a Sweden exclusive release. It’s aged for at least 7 years in heavily saturated ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s nicknamed ”The Crazy Swede”. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

The Arran Malt Non-Chillfiltered

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and sour. At first there’s a sweet layer of malt, honey and vanilla wrapped around a sour green apple and lemon core. There are hints of gooseberries in there as well. It feels young and fresh without being ethanol driven or metallic. When it settles there are notes of freshly cut grass and vanilla cream added to the whole. It’s a lemony dessert which feels well balanced between the sensations. A hint of sweet liquorice and a mild oakiness are detectable as well. This is a great nose. It’s not complex, but really pleasant.

Mouth: It starts out with a hit of lemon in the back together with a mild spicyness and a slightly bitter note. The sweetness then arrives and makes it quite rich. There are still notes of honey, vanilla and liquorice. The fruitiness is mostly citrus fruits at this point and it’s slightly subdued by the sweetness. It doesn’t feel young and there are signs of time spent in the casks. It’s a slightly dusty dessert-like character which feels very balanced and poised.

Finish: The spicyness mellows out and a fruit explosion ensues. There’s citrus fruits, tropical fruits and gooseberries in spades and it’s a very nice surprise, yet it feels quite logical. The sweetness moves out towards the sides and it just seems to grow the further down the road it goes. When the oakiness arrives it seems to amplify the fruitiness even further and when it finally gets to shine it manages to produce a fantastic nuttiness with mainly hazelnuts. This is a fantastic whisky which just gives more and more the longer it goes. There’s not a lot of complexity but it’s just absolutely delicious.

Additional information
There is not much information to be found about this whisky. It’s an older NAS release from the distillery. It’s unchillfiltered has natural colour.

Highland Park Single Cask Series Thyra Danebod – Dronning av Danmark

ABV: 62.8 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Sample added to queue. Tasting notes pending.

See the queue here.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a refill puncheon for 12 years (2007-2020). This is cask no. 4939 and it’s limited to 568 bottles.

Bowmore Dawn – Port Casked

ABV: 51.5 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a mix of leathery peat and tobacco. There’s also a thick undefined sweetness. When it starts to settle there’s first a dark fruitiness and then a fresher tropical fruitiness as well. It feels a bit sticky sweet on top but it’s not top heavy. After a while it seems like everything finds it place and it becomes nicely balanced. The sweetness is now vanilla rich and connected to the fruitiness. Dried tropical fruits like pineapple and mango together with blackberries and raisins are now detectable. This is a great nose which improves greatly with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out with the peatiness first. It’s still a leather and tobacco peat and it is a very pleasant combination. There’s a mild spicyness hovering above which gives it a nice aura. After a second or two the fruitiness starts to shine through. It’s a dusty mix of lemons and dried dark fruits. There’s also vanilla and a hint of scented soap somewhere in between. The balance found on the nose isn’t really there anymore and the character has slightly shifted. There is a complex note within which seems to be connected to the peat.

Finish: It starts out with the soapy note which isn’t all that great. A bitter and sour lemon peel note builds up in the background while the peat moves out towards the edges. It still carries the mild spicyness along but it doesn’t spike through the transition. Some baking spices floats around and a hint of the tropical fruitiness can be found just when the oakiness starts to break through. The oakiness is very nice and has a lot of character. It’s coming through in a big manner but it unfortunatly carries the soapy note along through the late finish. This is a decent whisky with a great nose.

Additional information
This is an older release from Bowmore. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished in Ruby Port casks.

Linkwood 21 YO (Artist Collective 2.1)

ABV: 58 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and fruity. At first there’s a dark overripe plum and raisin note sitting on top of a fresher floral and fruity base. There’s a cooling mint hovering above all as well. The distillate feels very clean and well made but there’s a nail polish remover note attached to it which brings the whole down a bit. When it settles there’s a somewhat gritty note coming through with sulfur and signs of age with some dust and leather. With time in the glass it becomes brighter and delivers dried assorted fruits. This is a nice sherry driven nose with some complexity to it.

Mouth: It starts out with an immidiate spicy punch and a mix of ripe red berries, coconut flakes and dried fruits. There’s a rather big and bitter black coffee note in the back together with sour lemon freshness and baking spices. The leather and dust is still in there as well as a slightly floral complex note. It’s not an easy sipper by no means and it hasn’t got a sweet character although there’s a sweet shell surrounding everything else. It’s slightly astringent at this point but it feels rich overall.

Finish: A dusty fruitiness builds up together with the spicyness. It’s now a rather perfumey note which is dominating the center part. It’s got a citrus base and a floral top note. The bitter black coffee note is still residing in the back and the astringency increases slightly. There’s still not much of a sweetness. After a while the sherry delivers some sweetness attached to the red berries and leather notes. The gritty character is completely gone as well as the nail polish remover note found on the nose. The oakiness arrives late and it really doesn’t show up before most of the other flavours disappear. It’s a nice oakiness with the black coffee note attached to it as well as a walnut nuttiness. This is a very good whisky with a complex character.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1997 and was drawn from a batch of 5 refill sherry hogsheads exclusivly for Le Maison du Whisky. This is from collective #2.1.

Auchentoshan American Oak

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is light and sweet. There’s a floral layer with heather in the back. Up front it’s Coca cola, honey and vanilla. There’s a ginger note somewhere in the middle and some lemon comes through after a while with a metallic side to it. It’s quite shallow and there’s not much to go hunt after. It’s extremely mild. This is a boring but acceptable nose.

Mouth: It starts out quite watery and then the honey sweetness is first to come through. A small spicyness prickles the tip of the tounge. There’s a little more substance in the taste compared to the nose. The Coca Cola note and the honey is still in there. A tiny hint of oak rests in the back. There’s also a backdrop of lemon and flowers.

Finish: It starts out mild with a tiny veil of menthol and then it turns over to a honey sweetness before switching to the oak. The oakiness is quite fresh and it almost feels like it’s been sitting outside in the rain. There’s a small nutty tone to it’s but not leaning towards any specific kind. This is way too mild and a little bit boring. It’s a good whisky to offer as an introduction to Scotch.

Additional information
As all Auchentoshan whiskies, this is triple distilled. It’s the entry level whisky in the core range and it’s matured in first fill american ex-bourbon oak barrels. It was released in may 2014.

Auchentoshan Three Wood

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh cola and mixed fruits. At first, a fresh mix of Coca cola and strawberries greets the nose. At the edges there’s a darker fruitiness with overripe plums and liqueur-soaked raisins. Honey, vanilla and sweet liquorice is sort of residing between the fruity layers, but they never seem to touch each other. The oakiness is also in there and it too has it’s own space. It’s a very ”clean” and clear nose making it easy to separate the different flavours.

Mouth: It starts out very mild and the first thing to arrive is a thin oak note and a dark, fruity sweetness. It’s overripe fruits and honey together with vanilla and cola. A small hint of lemon comes through from the back. The brighter red berry note found on the nose is not present at all. With time, the oakiness seems to move out towards the edges.

Finish: It’s now sweet and vanilla heavy. It’s still a very mild experience and the red fruits has now returned and they push the darker ripe fruits towards the edges. The cola note is still creating a red thread through the experience. The oakiness in the late finish is slightly dusty, but still seems quite fresh. Basically every flavour follows along in the late finish. This is a bit uneventful and somewhat lacks connection between the flavours, but it is quite tasty overall.

Additional information
This was released in 2002. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels, then in ex-Oloroso sherry casks and lastly moved into ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. All Auchentoshan whiskies are triple distilled.

Ledaig Sinclair Series – Rioja Cask Finish

ABV: 46.3 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is ripe fruits and peat. At first there’s a vegetal peat, with notes of heather and minerals, sitting on top of a dark ripe fruitiness and a gritty sulfury note. There’s also a minty overtone contrasting the dark and peaty character. With time the whole becomes a bit fresher and fruitier while the peatiness remains intact. When it settles there are notes of sugered rapsberries comin through. It also becomes somewhat sweeter over time. This is a fantastic nose with a nice balance between different sensations.

Mouth: It starts out with a quite sour lemon note in the back and a slightly dusty sweetness up front. It takes a couple of seconds before the peatiness shows up towards the edges and slowly moving inwards. It feels young and fresh at heart, but the ripe berries and the dusty sweetness creates what feels like a fake sense of age. It’s still feels mineral rich but it’s not as vegetal as on the nose. There’s a nice spicyness on top giving it a nice power-up. A slight coffee bitterness shows up in the back for those who wait.

Finish: The impact is immidiate and a sweet and somewhat fresher berry note, mixed with vanilla and sulfur, pushes through in the center. The peat and the ABV spicyness is detached and sits out on the edges. It still feels a bit dusty and there’s a bit of complexity within, but everything feels a bit detached in the finish. The oakiness comes through very late and it’s a very laid back and gentle oakiness which does its job but comes through as a bit lackluster. This is a very good whisky with a fantastic nose. It seems to deteriorate the further down the journey it comes.

Additional information
This no age statement whisky is the first release in the Sinclair Series. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in spanish ex-Rioja red wine casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Ledaig 10 YO

ABV: 46.3 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is vegetal and peaty. At first there’s a big vegetal and hebaceous peatiness with a medicinal and ashy background. There’s heather and iodine and also a thin menthol layer on top of everything else. The background is quite gritty and complex with a rubber note somewhere within. With time in the glass vanilla and honey start to emerge and makes the whole very approachable. There’s also a hint of green apples peeking through. This is a fantastic nose with a great array of flavours.

Mouth: It starts out with a slightly bitter background surrounding a very medicinal peat note. It’s not as vegetal as on the nose and it packs a nice punch from the get-go. The vanilla and honey are now out on the edges as well as the green apples but they play second fiddle to the rowdy and gritty flavours. The rubber note is still in the as well as the ashy notes. It mirrors the nose very well and it’s constantly evolving without changing the theme.

Finish: The finish starts out with a big push of heather, vanilla and honey. After a few seconds they once again get pushed back by the medicinal peat and the gritty background, which now has moved forward a bit. When everything settles the heather stays together with the medicinal peat and dry oakiness. It sort of feels like saw dust; Fresh yet dusty. This is a fantastic whisky which isn’t for the feint hearted. It’s very rowdy, yet it presents itself as sweet and flowery.

Additional information
This is made by the Tobermory Distillery. It’s not stated, but suggested that it’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The peat level i 37 ppm. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

The Dalmore 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark, fruity and sweet. It’s full of raisins and honey. The sweetness is very pronounced. There’s also a savory note in the back. The fruitiness consists of ripe plums, red apples and liqueur-soaked cherries and a bittersweet marmelade. There are hints of leather and oak in the background creating a complex backdrop. It grows sweeter with time in the glass.

Mouth: There’s an immediate bitterness hitting the palate but it’s still filled with honey and fruits. After a second or two it becomes vanilla heavy and marmelade with orange peel becomes the common denominator between the sweetness, bitterness and the fruitiness. There’s still a handful of raisins and the oak comes through pretty quick bringing a cup of coffee and some walnuts to the table. There’s no astringency and just a smidge of spicyness.

Finish: It starts out very mild and a touch waxy. The oak is in front with bitter notes of cocoa, walnuts and coffee. The sweetness is not as pronounced in the finish as in the mouth but notes of honey, raisins and orange peel still persist. In the end, the oak is left all by itself. There’s still no astringency and the somewhat hefty bitterness is still very nice. It’s a very pleasant finish.

Additional information
This version of the Dalmore 12 YO was released in 2008. It’s aged for 9 years in american ex-bourbon barrels. Half of the whisky is then moved into ex-Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks. After being aged for an additional 3 years the two parts are remarried.

Glen Grant 10 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a hefty amount of citrus notes with a vanilla and honey cover surrounding them. There’s also a maltiness coming through quite early. When it settles there are green apples as well as a minty overtone and the sweet surrounding layer grows a bit over time. It ends up being a nice sweet dessert. This is a very good nose. It feels quite balanced between the sweet and sour notes and albeit it’s not complex, it’s nice to nose and the shifts are logical.

Mouth: It starts out a bit too mild and slightly watery with a bit of sweetness at the start. There is a spicyness slowly arriving up front and the sweetness evolves into vanilla, malt, oak and honey after a while, which again feels quite logical. There’s a slight bitterness in the back and the citrus notes are still in there, but they are pushed back by the sweetness. The whole thing is a bit underwhelming and it lacks the nice balance which the nose offered.

Finish: The transition is quite uneventful and it still feels a bit bland. All the flavours carries over but nothing really stands out. After a while the minty layer starts to emerge, but the rest is just fading away in the background except for the oak and the bitter note. It’s a nice enough oakiness but there’s just not much to explore about it. This is a good whisky but it really lacks the nice flavours the nose offered. It’s an easy sipper and there’s no bad sides to it; It’s just a bit too mild and unpretentious.

Additional information
There’s not much information to be found on this whisky. It was presumably aged in ex-bourbon barrels for the full maturation period.

Kilchoman Machir Bay

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a big dollop of an ash and dry soil peatiness. When it settles a sweet honey and vanilla layer starts to fight for attention and pushes the peatiness out towards the edges. Underneath the big flavours a fresh and sour fruitiness peeks through. It’s lemon and a hint of sour apples. It feels young and lively but it doesn’t present any metallic or ethanol harshness. This is a simple yet effective nose with a high emphasis on the peat.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweet outside layer together with a quite medicinal and dry iodine note with a sprinkle of salt somewhere within. After a few seconds vanilla arrives in the center and with time it evolves more towards a butterscotch note. It’s a lot less sweet compared to the nose. The ashy side of the peat is residing in the back together with a savory note. The sour fruitiness is still found in the back but it comes through together with a small metallic note and a zesty bitterness. For those who wait a nice chili spicyness builds up over time.

Finish: The finish is a straight line continuation from the mouth. There’s still the dry medicinal notes on the edges, a savory peat in the back together with a zesty bitter lemon. The chili spicyness is nice and spreads out over the palate but never gets spiky or unpleasant. The butterscotch notes are first to disappear and soon it’s only the medicinal peat and a quite anonymous and boring oakiness left. This is a good whisky in many ways but it feels a bit unfinished and young which is good for the peatiness but bad for the rest of the dram.

Additional information
The Machir Bay is the Kilchoman core range signature malt. It’s a vatting between ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry . It leans heavily towards the ex-bourbon. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Loch Lomond Madeira Cask

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mild vanilla and and mixed fresh and dried fruits. There’s a gentle and sweet minty layer on top as well. It’s malty in the middle and it grows sweeter over time. The fruitiness feels less fresh once it settles. It’s a mix of red berries and oranges and maybe a hint of violets. There’s a lemon note in the back as well. The sweetness feels a bit sticky and everything feels a bit top heavy. The oak shines through with the vanilla notes too. The distillate comes through and it feels ethanol driven behind the madeira curtain. This is a decent nose but it’s not without faults. The cask finish makes for a nice cover-up.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild, slightly watery sweetness but it doesn’t take long for a spiky spicyness to arrive. There’s a fresh fruitiness building up in the back at the same time but the spicyness is a bit unpleasant and takes the focus from it. It’s a nice background with mixed fruits, vanilla and malt as well as a honey sweetness. The distillate is still shining through and it’s not the greatest thing in the world. The whole displays a weird mix of being watery and unpleasantly spiky at the same time.

Finish: The spicyness calms down a bit through the transition and reveals the fruitiness at its fullest. It’s once again a nice mix of oranges, red sweet berries and some lemons. There’s a floral side to it as well. The vanilla and the sweetness slowly changes and becomes the oakiness while the fruitiness is hogging all the attention. The distillate is not as protruding anymore and the finish is the best part of the journey. It’s a nice mix of fruits and a decent oakiness. There’s a sweet liquorice note in there as well. This is a decent whisky for the price point. Corners are cut but the cask finish does a good job of hiding the less desirable sides of it.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in american oak casks for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished in ex-madeira casks for about 6 months.

Ardnamuchan AD 4.21:3

ABV: 46.8 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Sample added to queue. Tasting notes pending.

See the queue here.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in 65 % ex-bourbon barrels and 35 % ex-sherry casks. The content is ~6 years old. 17502 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Ballechin 15 YO – Small Batch Cask Strength

ABV: 59.4 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a sweet, burnt oak with vanilla and caramel attached to it. On top there’s a nail polish remover sharpness and underneath there’s a mixed fruitiness. There are baked red apples, ripe red berries and a mild lime sourness. There’s a chalky/ashy note within as well but it takes a few seconds before it arrives. There are also notes of cinnamon and almond floating around. This is a nice but rather sharp nose with a nice balance underneath.

Mouth: It starts out with an immidiate spicyness and an ashy peat covering the outside of the palate. In the center part it’s a mix of fresh mango, apples, honey and milk chocolate. It’s slightly soapy. The burnt vanilla oakiness is acting like a bridge between the ashy peat and the fruitiness. There’s also a rounded maltiness as well as bitter notes and black liquorice. It still feels quite sharp, but underneath the balance is very nice between the flavour components.

Finish: The nail polish remover note slowly transitions into a menthol cloud while the fruitiness in the center slowly turns a bit darker and riper. It feels quite soapy at this point. There’s still a burnt vanilla oakiness as well as a bitterness. The liquorice note is still in the mix. It’s astringent and when the oak starts to take over it brings the soapy note along for the late finish. This is a good, but somewhat weird, whisky. The soapy note and the sharpness brings it down a notch or two.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a mix of first fill ex-bourbon barrels and second fill ex-sherry casks. 3126 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.