Kategoriarkiv: Speyside

Craigellachie 10 YO (The Single Malts of Scotland)

ABV: 68.9 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky was aged between the years 2011 and 2022 in a sherry butt. 563 bottles were filled. The cask reference is 900094. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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GlenRothes The Whisky Maker’s Cut

ABV: 48.8 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

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Additional information
This whisky is a part of the Soleo Collection. It was aged for in seasoned first fill sherry casks for an undisclosed amount of time. It has natural colour.

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Auchroisk 23 YO (Dun Bheagan)

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is thin and sweet. At first there’s a very mild honey and vanilla sweetness and a spirity top layer. The whole is very laid back and nothing is popping out of the glass. When it starts to settle there are some apples and baking spices slowly emerging. There’s a malty center, but just as the other things it seems to be embaressed to be in there. It really feels younger than its age. There’s a minty note floating around as well. Over time it seems like the whole mostly increases in sweetness. This is a decent nose, but it’s quite simple and straight forward.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweet center and with a few drops of elderflower juice floating around on top. It feels a bit watery at first but the spicyness and flavours do increase over time. There’s the standard vanilla and honey sweetness and after a few seconds there’s a not so nice bitterness starting to occupy the background. Overall it gets sweeter with time in the glass and it makes a huge difference to the intensity of all flavours. There’s grapefruit and liquorice coming through as well. It feels a bit weird and oddly put together. It does make it fun to explore at this point of the journey though.

Finish: The start of the transition makes the spicyness spread out over the palate. When it settles a nice vanilla and apples dessert-like taste arrive with some baking spices on top. When it starts to fade the elderflower juice pop up once again together with notes of age and oak. There are some dusty bookshelves and they are actually pushing the elderflower note up front. The finish is very nice and really accentuates the age statement. This is a weird whisky. It’s up and down and in disarray most of the time. It’s interesting to explore, but not the best tasting whisky out there.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a single hogshead for the full maturation time. The cask No. is 2061 and it yielded 236 bottles. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Benromach Contrasts: Organic 2013/2022

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and oaky. At first there’s a mild vanilla and a toasted oakiness with a piney side note. It’s young and spirity and there’s a minty candy cane layer floating around as well. There’s a sour note in the back. It’s not especially fruity but there’s a hint of green apples within the sour notes. It feels a bit too simple and lacks complexity. This is a decent nose, but it feels a bit overoaked.

Mouth: It starts out with a nice peppery spicyness from the ABV. When it settles a sweet and oaky center part is revealed. There’s a hint of toffee and coconut. It’s very sour in the back and the oakiness really contributes to the spicyness. It feels a bit astingent from here on out. The piney note persists and there’s a bitterness developing in the back After a few seconds.

Finish: The peppery spicyness slowly spreads out. When it settles there’s a mix of toast, oak, banana and lemon. As the finish progresses the flavours merge and creates a nice tropical fruitiness and a dry oakiness. The bitterness in the back is still there and it mixes with the lemon note and becomes zesty. It still feels astringent and the late finish is a dry woodshop oakiness. This is a good whisky, but it’s way to unbalanced and oaky.

Additional information
This is the first certified organic whisky since 2006. It was aged in virgin oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Glen Grant 12 YO (Travel Exclusive Version)

ABV: 48 %
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 mild honey sweetness sitting in top of a fruitiness with apples and pears. As it sits in the glass there’s a top note of ethanol and baking spices slowly emerging. It feels quite dessert-like at this point. It’s rather fresh and lively. Notes of marzipan and coconut are also detectable. When the fruitiness spreads out it also reveals a floral note floating around on the center. This is a very nice nose. It’s not complex nor especially interesting to explore, but works well and has a pretty solid character.

Mouth: It starts out with a big honey sweetness with a malty center. There are notes of vanilla, marzipan and pears, but the fruitiness is toned down a bit from the start. There’s a nice spicyness and it has a nice amount of power coming from the ABV although the ethanol note on top is all too detectable. There’s some notes of age in there as well, but it still feels young and lively. There’s not much happening at this point in the journey. It pretty much stays the same throughout.

Finish: The fruitiness and the marzipan increase in intensity at the beginning of the transition. There’s a late increase in intensity as well. When it fades it almost immidiately moves towards the oakiness. There’s a thin dusty coating over some grey old oak planks. There are hazelnuts as well. This is a good whisky which feels a bit spirity and simple. The late oak finish salvages a lot though.

Additional information
This whisky is a travel retail exklusive version of the standard 12 YO. The cask types aren’t disclosed. It’s has higher ABV than the original and it’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Cragganmore Distiller’s Edition 2009/2021

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

Tasting notes
(Tasting notes pending. These below are from the 2017 release.)

Nose: This is sweet and very fruity. At first there are raspberries and strawberries and a hint of liquorice,honey and vanilla. Underneath lies a sweet white wine note as well as a tiny, leathery mix of smokiness and oak. There’s also an outside layer of citrus fruits, with both oranges and lemons surrounding the edges. This is a mild nose with a pretty decent array of things to be found.

Mouth: It starts out with vanilla, caramel and a funky ripe note of red berries and a nice and bright fruity layer on the outside. It’s very mild and slightly smoky. It’s still leather and now also a hint of pipe tobacco. It feels like it contributes to the funky ripeness as well. The oakiness is detectable as a top note throughout.

Finish: The transition passes without spikes and the malty vanilla and caramel center is first to come through. A hint of the dark fruits mixed with oak is in there as well, but the fresher, brighter fruits are dulled down. The oak eventually takes over and brings a nutty touch with hazelnuts which makes the tail somewhat dry. The smokiness gets more noticable in the later part of the finish. This is a good whisky. It’s a bit too round and mild to be interesting but it’s a nice and easy sipper.

Additional information
The Distiller’s Edition is a limited yearly release of the Diageo series ”The classic malts of Scotland” finished in special ways. This is matured in american ex-bourbon barrels and finished in port pipes.

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The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection

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

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This entry level whisky was aged in refill casks, ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks for an undisclosed anoumt of time. The bottle tried is apparently from batch 1106.

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Glenallachie 2008 13 YO (Signatory Vintage Cask Strength Collection)

ABV: 63.7 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and powerful. At first there’s a hefty cloud of high ABV floating around on top of a dark pool of espresso, ripe and dried fruits and cacao. When it starts to settle the fruitiness becomes a bit brighter with some fresh fruits mixed with raisins and overripe plums. A vanilla sweetness starts to rise out towards the edges and a leather note appears in the center. The whole is very rich on the nose. The oak is also detectable and it’s a mild oakiness without any sharp edges. This is a fantastic nose which never seems to stop morphing into something different, yet within the same flavour profile.

Mouth: It starts out with a big hit of the high ABV and it’s almost over the top. Underneath the spicyness it feels very balanced between the dark sherry notes and the fruity distillate. There are dark chocolate, leather and raisins mixed with fresh apples, malt, vanilla, toffee and some dusty wooden shelves. There are some almonds floating around as well. The background has a lemon sourness and a coffee bitterness. It’s not as dark on the palate as on the nose but it feels like a logical and interesting development.

Finish: The powerful spicyness spreads out nicely. It’s certainly making a statement at this point but doesn’t feel like it’s attacking the palate. It’s a dusty and bitter start to the finish but it soon shifts towards a mix of lemon, leather, almonds and oak. A floral note is floating around on top as the oakiness start to take over. It’s a dry oakiness which has a nice mix between new and old. It stays around for a long finish. This is a fantastic whisky which is really fun to explore. (It becomes even better with a splash of water!)

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a single ex-Oloroso sherry butt (No. 900372). It was distilled 2008 and bottled 2022. The bottle tried is no. 487/678. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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The Balvenie 14 YO – Caribbean Cask

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very sweet and fruity. It’s got a really thick layer of brown sugar and brown syryp. Underneath the classic Balvenie fruitiness comes through with orange peel as the main attraction, but red apples and some raspberries are in there as well. A touch of cinnamon and chocolate completes this full and very rich nose.

Mouth: First impact is a very mild one. The sweetness, now with honey added, is first to come through and then cinnamon follows together with a small spicy note. The oak shows up and brings walnuts and dark chocolate. There’s a bitter tone to it and that sort of transcends from the oak into a fruitiness. It’s leaning heavily towards orange peel that, together with the sweetness, creates a layer of marmelade.There’s still a hint of red apples and raspberries but those are now well hidden in the background. There’s a touch of dust and it’s slightly astringent.

Finish: The flavours are very immidiate and a warm cinnamon spicyness teams up with brown syryp, honey and the orange peel. The rest of the fruitiness is not present anymore. It turns more and more towards the bitter side the longer the finish goes. It ends with oakiness, dust, walnuts and some cocoa powder. This is a christmas dessert in a glass.

Additional information
This 14 YO is aged for around 13-14 years in traditional american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in new american oak casks seasoned with caribbean rum for about 9 months.

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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.

The Balvenie 12 YO – The Sweet Toast of American Oak

ABV: 43 %
Origin:
Speyside
Type:
Single malt
Bottles in collection:
0
Emptied bottles:
1
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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Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 072

ABV: 59.1 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mix of sweet vanilla and red berry fruitiness surrounded by a fresh sawdust oakiness. There’s a nail polish remover sharpness floating around which really doesn’t match the other flavours. Underneath there’s a darker, more ripe plum and raisin note with leather, black liquorice and just a tiny hint of sulfur. When it settles in the glass it gets a bit more balanced and cohesive, but it basically stays the same way throughout and its main focus lies on the vanilla note. This is a nice nose, but it is a bit boring. It’s a lot of sherry, but it feels a bit forced to be a sherry bomb, instead of it naturally happening over time.

Mouth: It starts out with a hefty spicyness and a quite different character than on the nose. It’s dark and nowhere near as sweet as on the nose except for a thin sweet layer coating the front of the palate.. There are raisins, overripe plums, espresso, dark chocolate all pushing through to create a quite interesting sherry experience which more fits the premisses. There’s a black liquorice note surrounding everything else. This is not an easy access profile, but it’s quite fantastic at this point. After a few seconds the fresh oakiness starts to slightly break through and it sort of destroys the fun.

Finish: The transition starts with the oakiness and a floating coconut note before the sherry character once again pushes through. It has shifted again towards the sweeter flavours and now there’s a thin butterscotch note coming through together with the vanilla. The darker notes are still around, but are residing a bit further back. This includes dark chocolate and black liquorice which are the main flavours in the back. It doesn’t take long for the annoying oakiness to arrive and it soon outmanouvers the heavy sherry notes. It’s still a fresh sawdust oakiness which really doesn’t fit the rest of the character. This is a weird sherry bomb whisky. It really doesn’t feel genuine. It still is a decent dram though.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in first fill spanish ex-Oloroso sherry butts for an undisclosed amount of time. It’s unchillfiltered.

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Glenallachie 2009 Single Cask

ABV: 56.2 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2009 and aged in an ex-PX puncheon (#5709) for ~13 years. It was bottled in 2022 and released in Sweden. It’s limited to 699 bottles. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Tamnavulin Sherry Cask Edition

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and fruity. There are big buckets of fresh red berries, bananas and a hint of raisins. There’s a vanilla and caramel overlay sitting on top of the fruits. Behind, there’s a backdrop of a young and slightly harsh distillate with a green apple center. A small hint of rye bread comes through after a while on the glass.

Mouth: It’s watery at first, but then an ABV spicyness comes through from the young distillate. Luckily, the sherry notes come marching in quite fast. It’s dry and the sherry notes are more dark with plums, raisins and liquorice. There’s a slight bitterness sitting in the back but it’s not connected to an oak note. A butterscotch note appears after some time in the glass.

Finish: The harsh spirit notes come through once more. It’s quite unpleasant for a couple of seconds before the sherry notes kick back. Finally an oak note comes through and it’s a pretty nice and fresh oakiness. A hint of dustiness comes through in the late finish. This is a dram that is a step up from cheap blends. The cask finish hides a lot, but not everything.

Additional information
Being a distillate primarily used in blends this is now the second single malt release from the distillery in over 20 years. It’s first aged in ex-bourbon american oak and then finished in ex-sherry butts from three different cooperages in Spain.

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The Balvenie 12 YO – Single Barrel (6544/164)

ABV: 47.8 %
Origin:
Speyside
Type:
Single malt
Bottles in collection:
1
Emptied bottles:
0
Impression:
4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and citrus fruity. A big wall of honey and lemon obscures everything else from the start. After a few second it opens up and vanilla, oranges and grapefruit comes through. It’s still very sweet though. There’s a veil of menthol creating a cooling effect and a fudge note develops with time in the glass. This is not complex but really pleasant on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out thick and honey sweet. A black pepper spicyness slowly builds up on the sides while bitter lemon and orange peel comes through in the center. There’s a dustiness sitting on top and a hint of tropical fruits in the back. Just as on the nose, fudge comes through after a few seconds. It’s slightly astringent, but the oakiness isn’t noticable.

Finish: A small wave of black pepper goes by and gets replaced by a dusty vanilla and some grapefruits. The oak comes through very fast and it’s a nice fresh oakiness with a softer mellow side to it. The bitter fruit notes create a walnut nuttiness together with the oak. The late finish is driven by oak and a lemon zest. This is well put together and there’s good cask influence, but it feels a tiny bit one-dimensional.

Additional information
In 1993 Balvenie started with limited single barrel releases. This bottle is drawn from a first fill ex-bourbon barrel. The cask number is 6544 and this is bottle no. 164 out of a maximum of 300 bottles.

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The Balvenie 21 YO – PortWood

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a very big bucket of mixed fruits. There are raisins, blackberries, cherries, oranges, lemons and ripe nectarines. The bucket sits on a dusty bookshelf together with som leather-bound old books. The whole thing seems to be wrapped up in a nice layer of honey and vanilla. There’s also a malty note in the background. This is a complex, wonderful nose. It really makes up for the lack of power with some big flavours.

Mouth: It starts out with vanilla, dust and a hint of lemon. After a few seconds it starts to grow and the maltiness together with honey and orange peel create a very nice core flavour. With time, the bitter side sort of takes over as the oakiness starts to come through. The red and darker fruits are not as present as on the nose and the orange peel note is very pronounced. It’s got a thick texture to it and it feels very rich.

Finish: It kind of starts out with a flavour arc where the sweetness starts out on a low level and then after increasing moves over to become a sweet orange peel bitter fruitiness. It then seemlessly turns over to a dusty oakiness as the flavour intensity decreases. The darker sweet fruits show up in the late finish and the oakiness becomes nutty and brings some hazelnuts down the road. This is a fantastic, quite complex whisky even though it lacks some power.

Additional information
This 21 YO was first released in 1996. It’s aged in ex-bourbon casks and then finished for a couple of months in 30 YO ex-port pipes. This version shouldn’t be mistaken for the travel retail version, which is sold with higher strength and is unchillfiltered.

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Glenallachie 10 YO Cask Strength Batch 7

ABV: 56.8 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

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Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-PX and ex-Oloroso sherry puncheons, ex-Rioja red wine barriques and virgin oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Glenfarclas 1976 Family Casks #3111

ABV: 49.4 %
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 thick layer of sticky sweet dried fruits and just a hint of nail polish remover. There are raisins and raspberries. There’s a complexity sitting within the dark fruitiness with notes of prunes, coffee and very dark chocolate. As it settles in the glass there’s a slightly chalky note floating around on top. The whole is quite rich and lively despite its age. There are some old wood notes coming through towards the sides. The red fruits are joined by strawberries and a squeeze of lemon as well. A hint of black liquorice can be found underneath everything else. This is a great nose with a lot to offer for lovers of sherry cask matured whisky.

Mouth: It starts out with fresh sherry notes with a floral note on top and a lemon sourness in the back. It’s very mild but there’s a thin peppery layer on top. It’s not as rich as on the nose. The age shines through with notes of leather and dust all over the palate. There’s an espresso bitterness in the back which sits together with an old grey oak note. The fruitiness is in there but it sort of falls back and becomes a secondary feature together with a cinnamon note. It’s quite complex even though it consists of very traditional sherry flavours.

Finish: The peppery spicyness spreads out over the palate. Underneath, the floral notes are first to come through and they spread out over the whole palate. The darker notes slowly rise from the back with coffee, raisins, leather and dust. The mix of fresh and dark stays balanced for quite a while before the oakiness starts to take over. It’s a slightly astringent old grey oakiness with a bitter side to it. It really feels old and dusty at this point. In the late finish there’s a lot of different spices popping up connected to the oak. The late finish is a very long continuious strong of old bookshelves and dust. This is a great whisky with a lot of subjective notes attached to it. The nose is quite different from the rest of the journey.

Additional information
This single cask release was distilled on 22nd of April 1976 and bottled on 28th of February 2007 which makes it ~30-31 years old. It was aged in a refill sherry butt. Cask No. 3111. 595 bottles were released.

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Glen Moray Elgin Classic – Cabernet Cask Finish

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
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 mix of plums and sweet malt sitting in a quite small center. The whole is spirity and sharp at first impact. After a while the center part shifts towards black and red berries together with some baking spices. There’s a black liquorice and blueberry mix forming which is quite nice, but otherwise there’s just a vanilla note and a generic apple/pear fruitiness coming through from the background. This is a decent nose. The cover-up hides any metallic note, but it feels a bit sharp and underaged underneath.

Mouth: It starts out very mild but with a sharp lemon in the back. There are immidiate notes of malt, vanilla and spices coming through as well as a mix of some ripe and fresh fruits. There’s an undifinable note which seems to come from the casks which is rather unpleasant. There’s a nice oakiness floating around somewhere around the edges and there’s a not so nice bitterness in the back. The longer it’s kept in the mouth, the more the unpleasant notes take over.

Finish: There’s a short dip in flavour through the tranisition and it once again becomes sharp and spirity before it returns to the same flavour profile as before with ripe and fresh fruits mixed with baking spices. Everything dies down quite quickly and leaves a surprisingly nice oakiness with a hazelnuts quality to it. The late finish is certainly the best part of an otherwise bumpy journey. This is a budget whisky and it shines through throughout the journey. There are some good flavours to be found, but the cracks in the armour are apparent.

Additional information
This version of the Elgin Classic is aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels and is finished in ex-Cabernet red wine casks.

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GlenRothes 12 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. Vanilla and liqueur-soaked berries lead way into a mild and laid back start. There’s a layer of honey and a hint of dust sitting in top and a darker fruitiness lurks in the background with hints of raisins and ripe plums. A sweet liquorice note comes through somewhere in the middle. There’s also a floral element with a hint of violets. This is very mild and approachable.

Mouth: A very muted start soon moves over to a thick maltiness and a touch of chili fruits. Vanilla, honey and liquorice are in there together with milk chocolate. The fruitiness stays the same as on the nose with darker fruits and raisins. The floral element is completely gone. There is a brighter fruitiness, but it is buried behind the darker, sweeter notes. The oak comes through after a few seconds. It’s a fresh oakiness and it seems to brings some anise with it.

Finish: A bit uneventful at first and the chili spicyness is subsiding as the seconds goes by. A fudge note with vanilla and honey arrives first and then soon after the liqueur-soaked berries and raisins join in. It takes a while for the oakiness to appear and when it does, it’s a bit muted and slightly dry. There’s no astringency though, but there is a nutty side to it which lean towards hazelnuts. There is also an odd note of a newly sharpened pencil in the late finish. Overall it’s a good whisky, but it is a bit underwhelming.

Additional information
This expression is a part of ”The Soleo Collection”, which is the name for GlenRothes core range released in 2018. It’s aged solely in casks seasoned with sherry. It has natural colour.

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