Kategoriarkiv: Highlands

Clynelish Reserve – Game of Thrones House Tyrell

ABV: 51,2 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and juicy. At first there’s a thick vanilla, honey and butterscotch layer sitting on top of a basket of fresh fruits. It’s mainly oranges, but with a sour lemon in the background. It’s very mild to the nose and there’s no sharp edges anywhere. It’s very concentrated to the center part and lacks some depth. This is a mild, lovely nose without much complexity.

Mouth: It starts out very mild and all the flavours are showing up in the front. It’s sweet and malty and it’s very juicy. It mimics the nose very well with oranges, honey and vanilla. After a few second it starts to spread out over the palate and a zesty bitterness is added to the fruitiness. It feels rich and textured. There’s grapefruit as well. It still has a fairly straight forward and uncomplicated profile.

Finish: The high ABV finally reveals itself and gives it a nice little kick. When it settles, it’s leaning more towards the bitter zesty notes and the sweetness has somewhat subsided. There’s still some orange juice left in the back and when the oak comes through it sort of emerge from the zest. It’s a nice and easy to approach oakiness with a hint of hazelnuts, but mainly just produces a middle of the road oak flavour. This is a very approachable whisky with a great texture to it. It’s a high ABV easy sipper.

Additional information
The Game of Thrones series was released by Diageo in 2018. This Clynelish is a NAS whisky aged in ex-bourbon barrels.

Tullibardine 15 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
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 rich layer of honey and vanilla with notes of liquorice and baking spices within. It sits on top of a fresh red juicy apple fruitiness. With time it becomes more malty and fruity as the sweet layer seems to mellow down. It feels like a natural progression and when it reaches its final form it feels very well balanced. This is a great nose. It’s not especially complex but still offers a nice journey.

Mouth: It starts out with a very sweet and round center part with butterscotch, vanilla and honey. A thin outer layer offers a fresher lemon but it disappears when the core expands from the center outwards. It’s nicely textured and there’s a mild peppermint cloud floating around on top. It feels somewhat flat due to the rather low ABV, but it never feels watery. It’s still malty all the way through as well. For those who wait there’s liquorice emerging from the back which then moves forwards on the edges of the palate.

Finish: The red apples and sweet liquorice starts the finish from the back of the palate moving forward. The sweet honey, butterscotch and vanilla mix isn’t far behind and neither is the maltiness. The peppermint increases in intensity as the finish progresses and follows along until the oakiness makes a late entrance. It’s a nice fresh oakiness with a nutty hazelnuts quality to it. This is a great whisky with a lot to offer, especially for a sweet tooth.

Additional information
The Tullibardine 15 YO is part of the distillery’s core range. It’s aged exclusively in first-fill american ex-bourbon casks.

Glenallachie 11 YO – Moscatel Wood Finish

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Highlands
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 thick honey and vanilla sweetness. Close behind are a layer of bright and juicy fruits. There’s also heather and toffee creating a nice background together with a peppermint freshness. It feels very there-dimensional and textured. With time in the glass the sweetness mellows out and it becomes more balanced overall. This is a very nice and balanced nose with small nuances to discover.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet and malty. There’s a big surge of ABV spicyness pushing through slowly from the get-go. A very pleasant fruitiness with peaches and lemon comes through from behind and there’s a slight bitterness in the background which is attached to a dry oakiness. Over time everything seem to merge into one big mass with sweet, sour and bitter extensions. It even has a salty overtone to it. This is really playing to a lot of different senses.

Finish: It starts out with another ABV spicyness surge but it’s less powerful than the initial one. The first thing to come through is a big basket of peaches. The salty overtones remain as well. it’s less sweet and bitter than in the mouth and the peaches remain the main focal point throughout the finish. The honey and vanilla notes are residing on the edges. With time a nice but somewhat anonymous oakiness fills the background and that supports the fruitiness and creates an extra dimension. This is a great whisky which has a lot to offer, both in smell, taste and sensations.

Additional information
This is a part of Glenallachie’s Wood Finish Series. It’s aged for over 9 years in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in ex-Moscatel casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Glencadam 21 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is vanilla and dried fruits. At first there are assorted dried fruits and berries together with a layer of vanilla sitting up front. There’s apricots, raisins and a hint of coconut comes and goes. In the background there are notes of dust and oak. There seem to be a slight gap between the front and the back. With time the layers do seem to connect and cinnamon and a thicker maltiness seem to arrive at the same time. This is a lovely nose with a nice balance, once it has settled in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out sort of backwards compared to the nose. All the dust and oak and hints of the age is coming through up front and the fruitiness is now in the background. There’s a nice coffee and dark chocolate bitterness together with a thin sweetness with honey and vanilla. The fruits are darker and they are a lot different now. It’s more like prunes and raisins and they are creating an almost unnoticable layer in the back.

Finish: It transitions almost seemlessly from the mouth to the finish and the top notes of coffee and dark chocolate remain. There’s a savory note slowly increasing in intensity in the back. The fruitiness makes a quick jump up to the front layer, but immidiately gets pushed back and out on the sides. When the oak comes through it seems like it’s been in there all along waiting for its turn. It’s a somewhat sudbued oakiness with hints of pecan. This is a nice whisky, but the taste doesn’t live up to the things the nose promises.

Additional information
This is nicknamed ”The Exceptional malt”. It’s aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Loch Lomond 15 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and mildly peated. At first there’s a center of mixed red fruits with a soft and sweet layer of honey, vanilla and malt surrounding it. The peat is creating an outer layer which also covers the background. It’s a herbaceous peat with a back note of assorted flowers. When it settles it also reveals a lemon note in the back. With time in the glass everything slowly merges together to create a very nice and interesting nose.

Mouth: It starts out with a nutty bitterness in the back and the herbaceaous peatiness on the sides. It takes a second or two for the fruitiness and the sweetness to arrive and when they do, they’re a bit more subdued than on the nose. The fruitiness is a mix of darker dried fruits with a twist of lemon and the sweetness is somewhat undefinable. There’s also a slightly dusty note coming through from behind. A thin butterscotch note makes for a nice surprise for those who are patient.

Finish: It starts out quite dusty with a mild toffee and vanilla sweetness. The fruitiness is still a bag of mixed dried fruits, now with an orange peel bitterness attached to it. The peatiness is still present in the background but it’s a bit less noticable. The oakiness comes through in a very subtle way, emerging through the dust and orange peel. It’s a very pleasant nutty oakiness which never overshadows the other flavours. This is a great whisky with a lot of flavours to find.

Additional information
The Loch Lomond 15 YO was launched in september 2018 as a swedish market exclusive. It’s created by a mix of different unpeated and peated distillates. It’s aged in a mix of refill barrels, refill hogsheads and recharred hogsheads.

Glen Deveron 16 YO – Royal Burgh Collection

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and honey. At first there’s a dense sweetness with malt, vanilla and honey with a thick layer of dark ripe fruits on the outside. It’s raisins and overripe, almost molten plums together with a black liquorice note. It’s got a dusty and damp feel to it and after it settles it also produces a slightly fresher fruitiness as a nice contrast. It’s fresh, but still dark, berries like blueberries. This is a really nice and rich nose, but it presents itself a bit too mild due to the low ABV.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild and sweet approach. The sherry notes with raisins and plums are next to arrive and they bring a thin layer of sulfur along. After that some kitchen spices and a nice bitter note come through. The dusty feel is still in there, but it’ not as dense as on the nose. The oakiness is detectable and it brings a hint of walnuts to the table. The fresh fruits are not present anymore.

Finish: The first impact is somewhat muted and it’s a seemless trasition to the finish. There is a mild spicyness on top but the main flavours are still the sweet honey and vanilla mix in the middle and the dark fruitiness and sulfur on the outside. It stays that way until the oakiness starts to push through. It’s a nice, slightly astringent oak with hints of walnuts and black coffee. It never turns over to become bitter though and the finish is quite long and rewarding. This is a fantastic whisky, but it’s hurting a little bit by the low ABV. It puts up a fight against it though and delivers quite a lot of flavours.

Additional information
This is made by the Macduff distillery and was released in 2013 as a part of their travel retail exclusive range ”The Royal Burgh Collection”. It’s aged in ex-sherry casks.

The Dalmore 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
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.

The Dalmore Gran Reserva

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dense, sweet and fruity. Honey, liquorice and vanilla fight for attention against a fruitiness from both dark and dried fruits. There’s rum-soaked raisins and sultanas, liqueur-soaked cherries and a fruity red wine. There’s also some dark chocolate with a hint of cinnamon sprinkled on top. The oak is already noticable. The fruity red wine notes, now leaning towards fresh berries, move forward a bit with time in the glass and so does the dark chocolate.

Mouth: At first it’s just sweet but soon the other flavours join in. It’s dark and bitter with raisins, dark chocolate, oak, walnuts and coffee. The vanilla is still in there and so is the red wine note. A touch of spicyness lies on the top of the toungue. The bitterness increase with each sip. It’s slightly astringent.

Finish: The oakiness flare up and basically hogs all the attention from everything else. When it makes way for other flavours a savory note shows up in the middle of the palate. The vanilla reappears but resides in the back. A tropical fruitiness arrives late and comes through within the oakiness creating a nice break from the otherwise dark and bitter flavours. The dark chocolate, liquorice, honey and coffee notes are clinging on to the finish before the oak takes over again.

Additional information
The Gran Reserva is an expression aged for somewhere around 10-15 years. 40 % of its content is aged in first fill american ex-bourbon barrels and 60 % in first fill european ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The marriage period is about 6 months. It’s now discontinued.

Loch Lomond Original

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and fruity with a big basket of pears and green apples. Behind the fruits notes of vanilla and honey creates a laid back sweetness. It feels a bit shallow and the distillate comes through as young and with a tiny hint of cardboard. It’s becomes more dense and sweet with time in the glass. It’s easy on the nose but comes off as a bit uninteresting.

Mouth: It’s a bit watery at first, but then it’s becomes quite spicy together with pears, green apples and a hint of watermelon. It’s very bitter at first, but with time it becomes more malty and sweet. The vanilla has disappeared but the honey is still found in the back together with a speck of dust. It’s a tiny bit unpleasant and a little bit dry, even though the oakiness is nowhere to be found yet.

Finish: A savory note comes through together with a very immidiate oakiness. The fruitiness is now turning towards assorted tropical fruits with pineapples as the main feature. It’s dry and astringent and the unpleasant bitterness is still in there. When the bitterness finally subsides the oak and tropical fruits stay for a very nice and tasty finish. This is a good entry level single malt.

Additional information
The Loch Lomond Original is the distillery’s entry level malt in core range. There’s no information on the maturation length or the specific cask type, other than it’s aged in american oak.

Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12 YO – The Island Collection

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mix of honey, vanilla and malt with an apple and pear fruitiness. After a few seconds a nice subtle peatiness starts to show up together with red berries, oranges and a hint of sulfur. With time the fruitiness becomes the main focal point. It is a very well balanced and pleasant nose with a lot of subtle nuances.

Mouth: It starts out with lemons and oranges in the back and a big bunch of apricots and dried tropical fruits up front. In between there’s a sweet malty layer with vanilla and honey. The oak is detectable and sits together with the peat and the sulfur towards the sides. It’s got a nice rich texture to it. A hint of butterscotch and a tiny amount of oak spices appear after a while.

Finish: It starts out with the apricots and oranges up front. Another fruity layer with dried tropical fruits and pears sits in the back and vanilla and oak is floating around in between. The peatiness is now covering the edges and the sulfur is still sitting in the back. The finish is long and the fruitiness follows along a long way down the line. When the oak finally gets to come through it’s a nice oakiness but it’s a bit generic. This is a great whisky with a lot of things to discover.

Additional information
This was rebranded and relaunched in 2015. It’s aged in a combination of first fill, second fill and refurbished newly toasted american ex-bourbon barrels.

Glenmorangie Legends – The Duthac

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. It starts out with a mix of assorted fresh fruits and berries with a vanilla coating. There’s a laid back oakiness sitting around the edges and a honey and liquorice sweetness. With time in the glass a tropical fruitiness starts to come through from the back as well as a feint charcoal smokiness. The overlying fresh fruitiness becomes clearer and reveals rapsberries and lemon, but are soon joined by ripe darker fruits. This is a nice nose overall which seems balanced between the components.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and malty. It takes a while for the fruitiness to arrive and when it does, it seems less fresh and leans more towards a mix of overripe and dried fruits. The oakiness is creating an outside layer and creates a bitter black coffee bitterness. The whole is less fruity than the nose and not nearly as balanced. The sweetness is quite clingy and syrypy.

Finish: It starts out with a mild spicyness and a small dip in flavour except for the clingy sweetness. When the fruitiness returns it once again produces the nice mix of overripe red berries and a mix of dried tropical fruits. The oakiness is still creating an outside layer with a coffee note and a feint hint of charcoal. There’s also coconut coming through in the finish. This is a good whisky with a very nice nose.

Additional information
The Duthac is a part of Glenmorangie’s travel retail series called Legends. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and combined with whisky finished in ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and charred virgin oak casks.

Glen Garioch 12 YO

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. Vanilla and honey creates a warm and comforting center. On the outside there’s a combination of black liquorice and anise root. Dark and dried fruit notes from the sherry, mainly raisins and ripe plums, sit all the way out on the edges. It’s quite dusty and the maltiness comes through as a bread note somewhere in the back. This is a quite complex and interesting nose.

Mouth: The first thing to come up is a bright fruitiness. Red berries and lemon are followed by a nice spicyness. It’s still quite dusty and the vanilla is still in there. The honey sweetness is reduced compared to the nose. It’a quite dense and malty. The raisins comes through after a while when the fruitiness becomes darker. A bitterness grows slowly on the edges and after a while it reveals the oakiness. The sherry notes move forward with time in the glass.

Finish: A layer of dust lies on top of the now clear dark sherry notes. It’s black grapes, ripe plums and raisins together with black liquorice. It’s still malty and dense and the bread note reappears. The oak arrives late, but when it does it comes with some great flavours such as walnuts and dark chocolate. There’s even a nice little touch of tropical fruits.

Additional information
This 12 YO was released as a core range whisky in 2010. It’s aged in a combination of american ex-bourbon oak barrels and ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfilitered and has natural colour.

AnCnoc Sherry Cask Finish – Peated Edition

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is mild peat and dried fruits. At first there’s a mix of fruits with a sour baseline and top notes of dark berries and dried fruits. Close behind is a mild smokiness with tobacco and a hint of leather. There’s also a generic sweetness mostly connected to the fruitiness. A hint of vanilla creates a thin line through everything. The sweetness moves foward and becomes honey with time in the glass. There’s also a menthol cloud above everything else. It feels very shallow and there’s a lack of background notes. It’s a nice nose but everything is presented up front as if it’s trying to hide something underneath.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweetness up front, a bitterness in the middle and a metallic sour note in the back. It’s very mild but a spicyness do show up after a few seconds. There’s a slight sprinkle of dust and a cardboard note within which is less than pleasant. The bitterness becomes louder as the peat and fruits move to the sides. It’s still a mild peatiness and a handful of dried assorted fruits. The bitterness seems to be generic, but it’s closer to coffee and cocoa than a bitter nuttiness. There’s a butterscotch note showing up in the mix, but it takes a while to arrive.

Finish: The peat and fruits stay at the sides during the transition and the sweetness goes away then shows up again together with the butterscotch. It’s now a bit further back than before. There’s still a metallic note in the back and the bitterness in the center. As the oakiness start to take over it merges with the bitter notes and create a nice enough oakiness. It’s not a long finish and in the end it’s just a dry oakiness and a metallic note left in the mouth. This is a budget whisky and it feels like the sherry cask finish is there to do a cover-up. It will work just fine as a background dram, but falls short when scrutinized.

Additional information
This whisky is made at the Knockdhu distillery. It’s matured in american oak casks and finished in ex-sherry butts. This is exclusive to the swedish market.

Ben Nevis 10 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and acidic. At first there’s a strong vinegar note with a honey and vanilla base close behind. There’s a floral quality to it, but it’s like a generic air freshener scent. There is a dirty rubbery peatiness covering the edges of the glass which gives it an interesting touch. There’s also an IPA note to be found as well as notes of lemon peel. This is kind of an odd nose. It’s not bad, but it’s kind of protruding and sharp. It does settle a bit with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and malty with bitter and sour notes coming through. In the middle sits a speck of dust, wet hay, honey and vanilla. On the edges there are lemon peel and in between the IPA maltiness and the dirty rubbery note reside. A touch of chilli spicyness builds up after a few seconds. The vinegar and the floral notes are not as pronounced as on the nose, but the floral notes do sit like a thin cloud over everything else.

Finish: Honey and dry soil are immidiately pushed forward and covers most of the other flavours for a couple of seconds. When they settle the rubbery note reveals itself together with lemon and a very nice oakiness. It’s grey and old sun-dried wood with a touch of hazelnuts. The finish is very long and when everything else settle there’s a realization that the floral notes are still creating a thin cloud above everything else. This is a great whisky with a so-and-so nose.

Additional information
The cask types used in this 10 YO from Ben Nevis aren’t disclosed and there’s not much information to be had regarding this whisky.

Tomatin 14 YO – Port Casks

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweetness and dark fruits. There are raisins and vanilla with a minty overlay. Behind that there are notes of honey and sweet liquorice which create a nice depth and richness. Black grapes show up after a while and they come through somewhere in the middle of the vanilla note. The liquorice is moving forward and becomes darker and more concentrated. There is a brighter fruitiness showing up in the back with a hint of green apples. This is nice and quite complex.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet and peppery. The fruitiness comes through, at first bright then moving towards the dark side. Ripe plums are now added to the raisins and black grapes. The sweetness is dark syryp. A savory and ”rubbery” note is sitting in the dead center of everything and it’s surrounded by vanilla and raisins. After a few seconds it turns a bit bitter when the dry oak comes through.

Finish: A minty breeze pass by before a thick sweetness with syryp and honey takes over. The fruitiness is consistant throughout with the same notes coming through. There’s still a savory note in the middle. The oak is dry and dusty with a chalky texture and taste. There’s a nice amount of bitterness and some hazelnuts. And as a surprise, a tobacco note is found at the very end.

Additional information
This was added to the core range in 2014 and is matured in american ex-bourbon oak barrels for 12-13 years and finished in first fill Tawny port pipes for up to 2 years.

Loch Lomond Heavily Peated

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and peaty. At first there’s a big and hebacious peatiness. There’s fresh grass and hay with a back note of ashes and fruits. The fruitiness is undefinable, but leaning towards something like green fruits. There is a generic sweetness within and everything is put closely together without a lot depth and width to it. It feels somewhat young and it lacks the medicinal, coastal notes needed to make peaty youth interesting. It’s a warm, fairly straight forward nose. It’s a one-dimensional but otherwise decent nose.

Mouth: It starts out very mild and sweet with the peat clinging to the sides and the back of the mouth. It’s very round and apologetic about its peat level. The herbacious nature of the peat makes it warm and easy to approach. The ashy note is just not pushing through at this stage. The green fruits are still in there but they are more subdued compared to the nose. It’s still a fairly one-dimensional experience. There is a thin bitterness slowly rising in the back, but it never pushes through or changes anything. Vanilla and honey do arrive after a long while.

Finish: A thin layer of apples and vanilla sits above a savory note in the back. After a second or two the peat returns and now with the ashy notes attached. There still is a grassy hay note floating around and an oakiness sitting in the back with the savory note. It’s a pretty anonymous oakiness but it’s not offensive in any way. The finish is actually not that bad. This is a whisky which lacks some key elements and some depth, but delivers a budget friendly peat punch.

Additional information
The Loch Lomond heavily peated was released in 2020. There’s no information on the maturation length or the specific cask type. It’s PPM level is said to be around 50.

Old Pulteney 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and coastal. The first impact comes from ripe apples and lemons with a backdrop of honey and vanilla. There’s an outer layer of coastal notes like ocean air and sea salt. There’s also black liquorice floating around somewhere in between. A thin note of the oak is coming through very early. This is mild, but has a nice contrasting character which makes it a very nice nose.

Mouth: It starts out with sweet butterscotch and honey. The ripe apples are next to come through together with a dusty note. It’s not as fruity as on the nose. The coastal notes are still a nice feature and there’s also a medicinal iodine note surrounding everything on the outside. The black liquorice slowly appears and moves forward with time. The oak is noticable, but it stays in the back and never really moves forward.

Finish: Lemons and apples come up in a spike before the sweeter butterscotch and honey notes return. The apples disappear, but the lemons stay when the coastal notes start to take over. They do so together with a dry driftwood oakiness. It’s grey oak planks with a slightly nutty side to it, which is close to the taste of brazil nuts. The liquorice note stays for a long time down the line. This is a well made whisky with a lot to offer despite the low ABV. The contrasting flavours makes this a nice experience.

Additional information
This expression is aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels. The biggest part of the barrels used are second fills.

Dalwhinnie 15 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very bright and fruity. It’s a big basket of green pears and apple juice. There’s a floral overlay and the honey note is subtle and feels like the natural sweetness of the fruits. It’s very mild on the nose and very approachable. There’s a hint of oakiness and a whiff of smoke but they are well hidden. Very pleasant. It gets more dense and sweeter with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out with a tiny bitter note before becoming dusty and sweeter. There are honey, vanilla and musty apple notes. A little spicy touch arrives after a second or two. The bitterness turns into the oak note, which gives away the age with a grey weathered feel to it. Just as on the nose, the sweetness increases with time in the glass.

Finish: At first it’s spicy and fruity but then turns musty and dusty. The oakiness comes through with a hefty bitterness like an espresso. The oak is still old and weathered. The fruitiness is still around, but it has turned into something more like red juicy apples. It tags along down the road. There’s no astringency and it’s a very easy and approachable experience.

Additional information
This whisky is a part of Diageo’s ”The classic malts of Scotland” series. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels.

Glenmorangie Legends – The Tayne

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and slightly fruity. At first there’s a vanilla and honey sweetness together with a hint of rye and liquorice. In the center a dark and syrypy fruitiness can be found but it’s somewhat muted from the start. The whole thing is a bit withdrawn and hard to get. There’s an oakiness floating around in the back as well as a hint of lemon. This is a nice enough nose but it’s not especially interesting.

Mouth: It starts out with a nutty oakiness surrounding a sweet center core. There’s a walnut bitterness in the back and up front there’s a mix of honey, dark fruits and coffee liqueuer. There’s a mild chili spicyness which creates a much needed impact on the palate. There’s no journey through it though, except for the mild spicyness everything is just sitting there, no surprises along the way.

Finish: The same goes for the start of the finish. It sort of just seemlessly tranisitons without anything flaring up or disappering. It’s still a nutty walnut oakiness in the back and a coffee liqueuer and dark fruitiness up front. The spicyness stays at a reasonable level throughout. With time the oakiness takes over and it becomes somewhat dry and slightly astingent. The oakiness is nutty and becomes quite tasty when it leaves most of the other flavours behind. This is a good whisky but it comes of as a bit one-dimensional and boring.

Additional information
The Tayne is a travel retail exclusive released in january 2016. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in european ex-Amontillado sherry casks.

Glenmorangie Dornoch – Limited Edition

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and slightly fruity. At first there’s a big honey and vanilla impact. Behind the sweet layer lies a touch of mixed dried fruits. Deeper down there’s a hint of a smoky peat, but it’s very subtle. When it settles it reveals a fruity distillate with green apples within and a maltiness with a hint of toffee. The whole thing is covered in mild menthol. This is a nice laid back and subtle nose without being flat and boring.

Mouth: At first there’s a thin layer of fresh oak and very mild peat surrounding a sweet inner core. That layer soon shifts into a coffee bitterness and moves back, but it stays connected to the sherry notes arriving in the center. The sweetness subsides and makes room for dried fruits and a hint of walnuts. All the flavours seem to grow richer with time. The apples are still detectable in the back.

Finish: The fresh oakiness and the mild smoky peat seem to stay constant through the transition. There’s a hint of pine shining through before the coffee bitterness and the dry fruits comes through once again. The maltiness is present as well as the walnuts but it’s no longer sweet. After a few seconds there’s a tropical fruitiness somewhere within. When the oak takes over it carries the very mild peat, the walnuts and the tropical fruits in its wake. This is a very good whisky with a somewhat complex character. It’s a bit mild at times, but it’s not bland.

Additional information
This limited edition release is made from classic ex-bourbon cask matured Glenmorangie as well as some lightly peated distillate matured in Amontillado casks. A donation is given to the Marine Conservation Society for the reservation of the Dornoch firth for each bottle sold.