Kategoriarkiv: Speyside

Inchgower 27 YO – Limited Release (2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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The Balvenie 12 YO – The Sweet Toast of American Oak

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

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

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

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

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

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Mannochmore 13 YO 2008 – The Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Cask Series Parcel No. 7 (Elixir Distillers)

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky is a vatting of 6 hogsheads. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2021. It’s part of the Reserve Casks series from SMS.

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The Glenlivet 15 YO – The French Oak Reserve

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

Tasting notes
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Nose: Soft sweet fruits, vanilla, dust, pleasant and rounded, feint smell of Apple juice.

Taste: Smooth, a bit dusty, some spices on the tip of the toungue, sweetness, dry oak.

Finish: Spices intensify, nice lasting dry oak flavour, hint of vanilla intertwined with the oak. A hint of apple comes and goes.

Additional information
The Glenlivet 15 YO is matured for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks and then finished for 3 years in new limousin french oak barrels.

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.

Glenlivet 12 YO – Licensed Dram

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This is the second release from ”The Original Stories” series. It’s matured for in a mix of first fill ex-bourbon barrels and first fill european ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered.

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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: 4/5

Tasting notes
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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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Glenlivet 12 YO – Illicit Still

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and floral. At first there’s a thick layer of red apples, vanilla and marzipan. On top there’s a cloud of menthol and flowers. There’s a honey sweetness starting out in the back but then moves forward on the edges as time goes by in the glass. There’s a sweet liquorice note coming through as well. Overall it feels very rich and mild without any sharp or pointy edges. This is a fairly straight forward nose but it’s very pleasant and welcoming.

Mouth: It starts out with a lemon note in the back and a sweet maltiness up front. The fruity and floral elements are still in there but they are reduced and have left the spotlight. It’s a sweet and sour mix with a bitter tang in the back. It’s quite mild even though it presents a slight ABV spicyness after a few seconds. It’s just as sweet as on the nose and there’s nothing especially interesting happening at this point except for the sweetness moving forward a bit.

Finish: The honey sweetness flare up out on the edges before the center core starts to come through. Here the apples and the floral notes return as well as the maltiness. It’s still mild with a soft layer of menthol hovering above everything else. It stays consistant for quite a while before everything dies down and leave room for the oakiness. It’s a nice enough oak but it’s quite generic. In the tail end of the finish the marzipan note makes a quick revisit. This is a great whisky with a lot of nice flavours. It’s not a whisky to explore, it’s a whisky to enjoy.

Additional information
This is the first release from ”The Original Stories” series. It’s matured for in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and european ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered.

Benriach Smoke Season – Double Cask Matured

ABV: 52,8 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky was released in 2021 as a part of Benriach’s new core range. It was aged in a mix of first fill ex-bourbon barrels and virgin oak 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: 4/5

Tasting notes
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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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Glenlossie 8 YO (Lady of the Glen)

ABV: 56.8 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet and round whisky with a lot of dark and dried fruit notes from the port cask mixed of toffee, honey and vanilla together with a hint of seaweed. It felt a bit top heavy and unbalanced.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2019. It’s aged in an ex-bourbon hogshead and finished in a first fill ex-Ruby port cask. Cask No 8645. The bottle tried was 214/282. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Glen Keith 22 YO (Lady of the Glen)

ABV: 52 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet, fruity and quite floral whisky with a mix of malt, honey and vanilla together with violets and a tropical fruitiness. It felt younger and fresher than the age spent in the cask.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2021. It’s aged in a refill barrel; No 167096. The bottle tried was 101/155. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Glenallachie 12 YO – Ruby Port Wood Finish

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

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet and fruity whisky with a mix of honey, vanilla, ginger and dark grape notes. There’s also notes of oranges, milk chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Additional information
This whisky was first aged for ten years in american oak barrels and then finished in ex-Ruby Port pipes. This is from batch 3 of the Wood Finish Range. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Glenallachie 15 YO

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

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet, dark and fruity whisky with a mix of raisins, overripe plums and fresher fruits like apples and pears. Notes of coffee, leather and tobacco was in there as well as a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-Oloroso and ex-PX sherry hogsheads and puncheons. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Mortlach 20 YO – Cowie’s Blue Seal

ABV: 43.4 %
Origin: Speyside
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. The impression was that this is a malty and rich whisky with a mix of dark fruits and butterscotch with a nice texture to it. It has a lot of notes which come from spending 20 years in casks.

Additional information
This whisky is aged in ex-sherry casks for the full maturation. It’s distilled ~2.81 times. The bottle tried was No. 2019/29656.

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Strathmill 1991 Gordon & MacPhail Connosseur’s Choice

ABV: 43 %
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 sweetness and cooking spices with a base of baked fruits. There are sweet apples and yellow pears and a hint of lemon in the background. The distillate is very much the main event. It’s a nice one with both a fruity and malty side to it. There’s also marzipan as well as a hint of butterscotch. This is a nice nose. It’s not complex nor especially Interesting, but it feels nicely balanced.

Mouth: It starts out a bit watery before a mix of mild white pepper up front and a fruity and zesty bitter background note arrives. There’s a big hole in the middle. It feels a bit hot and rushed and the mouthfeel isn’t the greatest. After a while the hole gets filled with a shy butterscotch note and the baked apples and pears. It’s not as sweet as on the nose and it feels really unbalanced and different compared to the nose. There’s still a big focus on the distillate.

Finish: The transition is a bit uneventful and the same character just remains. There’s a bitterness in the back and mixed spices up front. The middle part is still mild butterscotch and now maybe a hint of milk chocolate. The baked fruits seem to return after a while and the oakiness shines through rather quickly. It’s not a great oakiness and it clings to the bitter notes at first. The late finish brings a bit of dusty notes and becomes a relief from the otherwise rather unpleasant finish.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2007 making it 15-16 YO. It’s aged in refill ex-bourbon barrels.

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Glenfiddich 14 YO – Rich Oak

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and malty. At first there’s a heavy vanilla and honey sweetness sitting on top of baked red apples and malt. A mild oakiness floats around out on the edges. It comes with some baking spices, and it’s mainly cinnamon. After a while in the glass the whole seems to merge together and it becomes more balanced and the fruitiness becomes a bit fresher with some yellow pears added. The oakiness becomes more noticable over time. This is a nice nose which doesn’t feel flat or too mild even though it only has a low ABV to back it up.

Mouth: It starts out a bit flat with a slight astringency and a clear cut oakiness coating the palate. In the center it’s malty and sweet and the age shines through. There’s a black coffee bitterness spreading out slowly but steadily as well. The whole is not as fruity as on the nose and the main focus lies on the oak. Tofee and oak spices do take over for those who decides to wait around for them.

Finish: There’s no spikes during the transition and the toffee and oak mix continue to dominate the palate. It still has a lot of oak spices floating around and the bitterness, albeit a bit subdued, is clinging on in the back. The fruitiness is very dull and doesn’t contribute much to the whole at this point. The oakiness is slightly nutty but it takes up too much space from the start. This is a decent whisky which has too much oak influence and low ABV, which makes it unbalanced in taste and in sensation. It does deliver what the name implies though.

Additional information
The Glenfiddich 14 Rich Oak was released in 2010. It has first been matured for 14 years in american ex-bourbon barrels, then finished for 12 weeks in new European oak and six weeks in new American oak.

Cragganmore Distiller’s Edition 2005/2017

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

Tasting notes
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.

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.