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Port Ellen 1979 (Signatory Vintage)

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Islay
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 rather pointy and fresh fruitiness up front with a mild vanilla surrounding it. It’s fresh orchard fruits as well as assorted dried berries. In the background there’s a slight paint thinner note which becomes more medicinal as time passes in the glass. There’a also a light peatiness and a touch of salt and sulfur sitting beneath the fruitiness. This is a great and accessible nose with a complexity to keep the explorers occupied for a good while.

Mouth: It starts out with vanilla and a hint of coconut in the center and a very complex mix of medicinal peat, minerals and rubber on the outside. After a few seconds there’s almost a mix of white wine and pilsner coming through which at first comes off as a bit weird but when it merges with the vanilla becomes rather interesting. It’s less fruity and more peaty than on the nose but the fruitiness in there now comes through as orange peel. The whole thing has a sprinkle of dust on top.

Finish: A mild peppermint cloud spreads across the palate as the other flavours try to settle on which one should go first. The white wine and beer notes moves up a bit as well as the vanilla and orange peel. The fruitiness is now residing on the edges of the palate. The peat notes have once again taken a big step back and never really affects the palate in much in the finish. This makes the oakiness come through clearer. It’s a nice oakiness but it kind of brings up the paint thinner note once again. There are some assorted nuts and a hint of orange peel left in the late finish. This is a great whisky with a pretty quirky character. This makes it more fun to explore but less of a balanced High quality dram.

Additional information
This is aged for 22 years in a refill ex-sherry cask (Butt no. 5536). This is bottle no. 612/738. It has natural colour.

Douglas Laing’s Big Peat Christmas 2017 Limited Edition

ABV: 54.1 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
(Scribbles)
Nose: Very savory, honeyglazed liquid bacon, ashy campfire, iodine, brine and a hint of lemon.

Mouth: Ashy tobacco, savory and meaty. Honey and a touch of vanilla. Very straightforward focus on the peat effect.

Finish: Feels like after smoking a cigarette, ashy, tobacco, brine, still savory, a metallic young note is present.

Additional information
Douglas Laing released Big Peat Christmas Edition for the first time in 2011. This 2017 edition contains whiskies from 7 islay distilleries. Named distilleries are Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen. It’s cask strength, has natural colour and it’s unchillfiltered.

Macleod’s Islay

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and peaty. At first there’s a medicinal and vegetable peatiness up front. When it settles there are spikes of fresh citrus fruits and a smell of cardboard. The ethanol is coming through in a not so good way and it’s lacking in depth. After a while there’s a tobacco note and a hint of vanilla coming through around the edges. It becomes a bit fruitier with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out a bit flat and then it becomes honey sweet. After that it takes a second or two for the peat to arrive. It’s a warmer peatiness than on the nose with burning hay and wood. There’s vanilla and a feint scent of assorted fruits buried within. There’s still a taste of cardboard and it still lacks depth. Everything seems to sit in a single layer.

Finish: The medicinal peatiness takes over and the first part of the finish is quite nice. After a while it sort of shifts towards being savory and when the oak arrives there’s a nice complexity to it. The oak is not especially interesting and the finish isn’t very long. There is a small hint of ripe berries peeking through somewhere along the line. This is an okey whisky and it serves it purpose, giving peat lovers on a budget a decent alternative.

Additional information
This is the Islay version of the series ”Macleod’s Regional Malts” by independent bottler Ian MacLeod Distillers. The distillery and the age are not disclosed.

Port Askaig 12 YO – 2020 Spring Edition

ABV: 45,8 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a layer of warm campfire peatiness sitting on top of a sweet layer of vanilla, honey and an unscented lotion note. In the background it produces some fresh fruitiness with green apples and a hint of lemon. It feels very balanced overall and the contrasts give it a nice complexity. This is a very nice and pleasant nose but it feels like there are some coastal notes missing.

Mouth: It starts out sweet with honey, vanilla and a hay note. The peatiness spreads out towards the edges and leaves the sweetness in the middle. There’s some sweet liquorice and a hint of seasalt coming through. It’s not as fruity as on the nose and now there’s just a feint lemon note residing in the back. The spicyness builds up over time and adds another side to the whole.

Finish: It starts out with a wave of coastal notes, mainly seasalt and some seaweed. They sit side to side with the friendly vanilla and honey sweetness. The warm campfire is still coming through out towards the edges. After a few seconds the spicyness starts to subside which leaves room for the oakiness. The oak is nice enough, but it’s a bit characterless. The finish is not especially long and the saltiness stays on the toungue after everything else disappears. This is a great whisky with a lot to offer for those who adventure beyond the peat.

Additional information
The 2020 spring edition is made from 18 ex-bourbon hogsheads filled in 2006 and 2007. The distillery isn’t disclosed. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Macleod’s Highland

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is mild and sweet. At first there’s not much coming out of the glass except a mild and sweet floral note. After a few seconds vanilla and red berries start to appear in the center, but they are not recognizable as specific kinds. The floral note is leaning towards elderflower and a hint of lemongrass. It’s a nice nose but it lacks some depth and complexity.

Mouth: It starts out very mild with vanilla, honey and malt. There’s a toffee note sitting in the middle. There’s a dustiness in the back and a floral note up front. The fruitiness increases with time and after a while it comes through as sweet oranges. In the back there are feint notes of oil and soot and that gives it a nive depth which makes up for the low impact.

Finish: A burst of the orange fruitiness together with the vanilla take lead and afterwards it basically moves directly to the oak finish. It’s a very nice oakiness with some nuttiness to it. It’s mainly hazelnuts. There’s also a fruity quality to the wood which makes it a nice compliment to the nose and the mouth. This is actually a very good whisky considering it’s decently priced and has low ABV.

Additional information
This is a NAS single malt from an undisclosed highland distillery. It’s released by the independent bottler Ian Macleod Distillers.

Staile Uisge – The Drum

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sour and young. At first, there’s a big basket of lemons and a splash of vinegar. There’s also green grapes and a white wine aura surrounding everything. In the background there is a honey and vanilla sweetness, but it’s very discreet. This is very fresh and the sourness is the main character throughout. It becomes sweeter with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out a bit watery and then it becomes very sweet and malty. There are vanilla and honey notes as well as sweet liquorice all mixed up in the center. The white wine notes are still in there but the lemons are now reciding in the background. It needs time in the mouth to reach its potential and when it does it’s actually pretty rich and tasty.

Finish: It starts out with the sweet liquorice and the lemon notes return to the front. It’s not as sweet anymore and there’s not much happening in the finish. The liquorice stays all the way through and an anonymous and rather flat oakiness appears for a short time, but it disappears rather quick. This is a nice whisky for its price, but it feels a bit incomplete and ambigous.

Additional information
Staile Uisge is a brand of the swedish independent bottler Granqvist Beverage House. The Drum is a NAS whisky sourced from an undisclosed highland distillery.

Lismore 10 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: A bit quiet and laid back at first. When it awakens it’s fruity and floral. There are fresh green apples and yellow pears and a hint of violets. The fruits are covered in a big dollop of vanilla cream. There’s a feint leather note sitting in the background. The fruitiness continuously moves forward. There’s a spicy black pepper touch to it on top of everything else.

Mouth: It takes a 180 degree turn and completely changes its character. It’s spicy with a hefty note of wet leather and it fills the mouth. The fruits turn darker and the apples are now baked together with some figs and raisins. The oakiness comes through after a while. A hint of dill is in there and maybe some oranges. It’s pretty astringent with a bitter tang.

Finish: Very oaky. The spices and the leather note is still the main feature. There’s a chalky note and a touch of dust on top of the oak. The fruity bits return down the line, but both the leather and the oak dominate the palate. There’s a marzipan note showing up near the end. It’s altogether a somewhat weird journey through the experience.

Additional information
Lismore doesn’t disclose the source of their single malt or the cask type used. They produce speyside whisky bottlings. The brand is owned by J & G Grant, which also owns Glenfarclas and Th Royal Heritage brand.

Douglas Laing’s Big Peat

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: It starts with a heavy and dense smokiness with honeyglazed bacon and the ashy notes of a campfire just about to die out. When the first impact subsides there’s lemon juice and a whiff of the sea (like being on the shore on a cold, windy day) in the back.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet and ashy. It’s savory with a nice honey and vanilla touch to it. It’s surprisingly mild but still manages to give a big bold array of smoke flavours. Some spicyness arrive late and it’s not a big part of the experience.

Finish: The smoke notes change slightly towards tobacco and a hint of rubber. It’s still savory and ashy though. This is very much a peaty fanfare with just a touch of salt and lemon. The oak note is very well hidden, but shows up as a slight astringency in the tail of the finish.

Additional information
Big Peat is part of Douglas Laing’s ”Remarkable regional malts of Scotland” series. It’s a blend of malts from distilleries located on islay. Douglas Laing mentions Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Port Ellen as components. It has natural colour and it’s unchillfiltered.

Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster

ABV: 46,8 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: First thing that pops up is a savory, meaty note. Spicy and ashy, hints of lemon and lime. There’s a metallic note in the back. Quite powerful and unforgiving.

Mouth: Starts out mellow and sweet. The savory note takes over with notes of honey glazed barbecued meat. Still a little sour in the back. Spices build up after a couple of seconds. A bit underwhelming compared to the nose.

Finish: Sweet, savory and ashy. A complex array of ”funky” notes show up in the middle of the finish together with the honey and vanilla which makes it quite interresting. The oak note hides in the background and never really takes over.

Additional information
Rock Oyster is part of Douglas Laing’s ”Remarkable regional malts of Scotland” series. It’s a blend of malts from distilleries located on the islands. Douglas Laing mentions Arran, Islay, Orkney and Jura as Islands where the components come from. It has natural colour and it’s unchillfiltered.

Douglas Laing’s Scallywag

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: It’s an easy approach with a malty and somewhat dusty baseline. There’s butterscotch, vanilla and a touch of cream. There’s also a fruitiness coming through with ripe red apples and juicy pears as the prominent notes. It’s very pleasant.

Mouth: It feels a bit flat and thin (which probably is a result of the blending of malts). There’s vanilla and honey mixed in with the fruity notes, which now lean towards apple juice. A touch of spicyness comes through after a couple of sips.

Finish: A big burst of mixed fruits. It has now shifted mainly towards pears but with a hint of assorted tropical fruits. The vanilla note comes back when the oak appears. A savory note shows up somewhere near the end and gives a little nice surprise to an otherwise nice finish.

Additional information
Scallywag is part of Douglas Laing’s ”Remarkable regional malts of Scotland” series. It’s a blend of malts from distilleries located in the Speyside region. Douglas Laing mentions Macallan, Mortlach and GlenRothes as components. It’s mainly consists of whisky matured in spanish ex-sherry casks. It has natural colour and it’s unchillfiltered.

Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie

ABV: 46,8 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: It starts out with a nice vanilla and honey sweetness, yet it still is very bright and shiny. Green apples and a hint of raspberries creates a fruity center within the sweetness. The distillate seems a bit young and a tiny ”cardboardy” note comes through from behind.

Mouth: It’s very different than the nose. It switches from bright and shiny towards a darker fruitiness together with a funky complex note. It’s oily and turns slightly bitter when the oak appears. There’s also an overlay of lemon and lime.

Finish: The finish starts out very sweet with sugar coated ripe plums and vanilla. When the sweet fruitiness subsides the oak reappears. It ends with a nicely balanced bitterness with hints of coffee and hazelnuts.

Additional information
Timorous Beastie is part of Douglas Laing’s ”Remarkable regional malts of Scotland” series. It’s a blend of malts from distilleries located in the Highlands. Douglas Laing mentions Dalmore, Glengoyne and Glen Garioch as components. It has natural colour and it’s unchillfiltered.

Douglas Laing’s The Epicurean

ABV: 46,2 %
Origin: Lowland
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Floral and sweet with a touch of honey, vanilla and sweet liquorice. There’s a note of fresh garden soil and a hint of seaweed in the background.

Mouth: Lemon, vanilla and honey. Nice and friendly. Slightly spicy on second sip with the oak becoming more present. The sweet liquorice is still in the mix.

Finish: Vanilla, honey sweetness and fresh oak with a hint of coconut. Not very complex but nice throughout all steps.

Additional information
The Epicurean is part of Douglas Laing’s ”Remarkable regional malts of Scotland” series. It’s a blend of malts from distilleries located in the Lowlands. It has natural colour and it’s unchillfiltered.

Svenska Eldvatten Springbank 1995 – 22 YO Refill Sherry Hogshead

ABV: 44,3 %
Origin: Campbeltown
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded.

Additional information
This is a single cask (#498) release from a swedish independent bottler. It’s a bottling from a european ex-sherry hogshead cask. 137 bottles were filled from the cask.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice – Port Ellen 1977

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

Tasting notes
No taste notes were recorded during the tasting.

Additional information
This independent bottling of Port Ellen was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 1992. The cask type isn’t disclosed. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Hunter Laing’s The Sovereign – Dumbarton 30 YO

ABV: 50.2 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single grain
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: At first, there’s a whiff of nail polish remover which soon changes into a mix of tutti frutti and menthol. It’s creamy with honey and vanilla notes. Altogether it creates the image of a sponge cake. There’s also notes of breakfast cereals coming through.

Mouth: It’s very ”bitey” and there are hints of an entire breakfast with cereals with honey, and cream. The oak comes through and brings some coffee to the table. It’s very bitter. It matches the nose pretty well.

Finish: The finish is very oak forward and the age really comes through. There’s grey wooden planks and espresso. It comes with walnuts and hazelnuts and it’s quite bitter. The sweet grainy notes resides in the background, but the oak completely takes over.

Additional information
This grain whisky from the closed distillery Dumbarton is unchillfiltered and has natural colour. It’s from a single cask (HL 14327) filled in 1987 and there was with 135 bottles produced.

The Six Isles

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Islay/Islands
Type: Blended malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
No taste notes were recorded during the tasting.

Additional information
Six Isles is a vatted malt from Ian Macleod Distiller’s. It blends together six single malts from Arran, Islay, Jura, Mull, Orkney and Skye. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. The specifics of the content aren’t disclosed.