Highland Park Cask Strength Edition Batch 2

ABV: 57.1 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sort of laid back and sweet. There is an ABV spicyness coming through but it’s not invasive. There’s honey and vanilla together with a red fruitiness but the whole thing isn’t jumping out of the glass. There’s a subjective note of how a closet full of old clothes smell. The core flavours tend to move forward over time in the glass with red berries and dark dried fruits. It opens up and improves substantially with time.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and quite ABV spicy. A lemon note flies by before the red berries and dark fruits show up. There’s liqueur-soaked cherries and raisins. There’s a dusty note and just a thin leather note. The cask influence is sort of limited and it’s not a complex dram, but flavourful nontheless.

Finish: The high ABV shoots off a peppery spicyness before the sherry influence and a honey sweetness comes through. Vanilla is residing in the background together with some raisins and there’s not much of an oakiness, just a touch in the end. It comes through together with the thin leather note. There’s no astringency and basically no bitterness. A small chalk note comes through late in the finish.

Additional information
This expression was released in 2013 as an exclusive for the swedish market. It’s aged in european ex-sherry casks for an undisclosed amount of time.

Kaiyo The Peated – First Edition

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and thin with a hint of peat. The distillate is very much present. There are feint notes of a vegetable peatiness and some honey. An aura of nail polish remover sits over everything. There’s a tonic water note in the center and maybe just a small hint of green apples. There’s also a metallic note and it’s got a layer of cardboard in the back.

Mouth: It starts out with a thin honey sweetness and a peat which is a mix of wet vegetation and smoked meat. The tonic water is also found in the taste. The metallic note is in there as well as the cardboard. It gets sweeter and a little bit better with time in the glass.

Finish: An ABV spicyness comes first and then it returns to the now clearly savory peat and the cardboard note. An oakiness comes through fairly quickly and it’s got a nice newly cut oak feel to it. Together with the smoked meat note the finish is actually not that bad. This feels underaged and it lacks a lot of depth and flavour.

Additional information
This is a blended malt made from undisclosed japanese distillates. It’s aged at sea in fresh japanese mizunara oak casks. The casks are only filled to 80 % to give the whisky chance to move about on the journey. It’s bottled in Great Britain.

Kamiki Blended Malt – Intense Wood

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Japan
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is all about the cedar wood. The wood influence from the finishing period is very pungent and overshadows everything at first. Underneath a thin note of butterscotch fights to get noticed. There’s also a pine note and a tiny amount of percieved peatiness in the back. A veil of menthol sits on top of the wood. A vanilla note comes through after some time in the glass making it a bit more agreeable.

Mouth: It starts out spicy and dusty. It’s quite sweet and some fruitiness like red apples and mulled wine is coming through. Soon the cedar wood takes over again. It’s bitter and very unorthodox for a note found in whisky. It makes the whole thing very perfumey and it’s not a pleasant flavour.

Finish: The dustiness and spicyness is flaring up again and they are quite nice. They soon get overpowdered by the cedar wood again. The fruitiness and the vanilla manages to get through somewhere in the middle but it soon turns over to the perfumey and bitter cedar once again. This is a weird whisky and I really don’t know what to make of it. It’s a dram in a wooden cup in a woodshop.

Additional information
This is a blend which contains whisky from Japan, but also from the rest of the world. It’s not stated from where and which distilleries. The japanese part probably comes from Helios distillery. It’s finished in japanese cedar (Yoshino-Sugi) casks. No information is given about the first maturation part. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Bowmore 10 YO – Inspired by the Devil’s Casks

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and new leather. The cask influence is extreme and seems to sit on top of everything else. There are raisins, figs, sweet liquorice, black grapes and a thick brown syryp and it almost feels like they are attacking the nose. Behind the dark fruity wall notes of new leather and smoke coming from a warm, burning campfire. It’s got a salty touch and a hint of lime is peeking through. There’s a cool mint piercing the thick sweetness.

Mouth: It starts out very thick and sweet. Almost immidiately a dusty oak note shows up together with leather. A black pepper spicyness arises slowly. There are dark notes of raisins, anise and liquorice within the dense sweetness. It’s slightly bitter and the mild leather and smoke note has taken a step back. The cask influence is still a bit too close for comfort. A bitter note and some salt is sitting around the edges. The brighter fruitiness normally found in Bowmores is nowhere to be found.

Finish: A big burst of red and dark fruits and some spicyness. The sherry notes are still very much the focal point and the same notes come marching through once again. The red wine with black grapes and a hint of blueberries are coming forward a bit more in the finish. It takes a long time for the oakiness to break through. It’s slightly astringent and very mild and never really steps up in front. A black liquorice note is left in the mouth long after everything else is gone. This is a very good whisky, but the previous cask content is a bit over the top.

Additional information
This is a limited release that was released in september 2016 as a travel retail exclusive. The main part of the maturation is done in first fill european ex-Oloroso sherry casks and then for a finishing period in ex-red wine barriques. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Cardhu Gold Reserve

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. Honey, vanilla and toffee are sitting on top of some baked red apples. It’s very mild and nothing really pops from the glass. It’s dusty and there’s just a hint of oak in the back. The toffee note moves forward with time in the glass. It’s very rounded around the edges even if it has a youthness sitting in the back, which manifests as a thin metallic note.

Mouth: A very sweet start with honey and a lemon note quickly passing by. It stays very sweet for a long time with vanilla and toffee slowly moving forward. There’s a white pepper spicyness, but it never really amounts to anything. When it finally sets some of the sweetness aside it slowly reveals a slightly bitter oak, but it just stays in the back. It’s still extremely mild and round like a marble.

Finish: The finish is just a continuation of the sweet and mild parade. A few seconds of honey, vanilla and toffee goes by before it lands in a bland oakiness. It’s a little dusty, but otherwise laid back and it feels like it doesn’t want to be noticed. The toasted flavours do come through though, but they do not do much to create anything. This is too mild and too well rounded to be interesting. It’s definitely a good dram if someone needs an introduction into scotch.

Additional information
The Gold Reserve was first released in 2014. This is aged in toasted casks. The Cardhu distillate is primarily used in Johnny Walker blends. Cardhu is also very popular, as an example, it’s the best selling whisky in Spain.

Kilchoman Sanaig

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and peaty with a youthness to it. The peat is a warm, burning woodfire and vanilla incense. It’s got a very sweet aura with honey and sherry notes, which are well hidden at first. They never take over but hints of blueberry juice and some plums are peeking through and somehow create a nice layer in the back. The peat delivers some ashy notes after some time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out mild with a lemon note coming through before the sweetness takes over. It’s vanilla heavy with honey and burning wood accents. The texture is oily and there are savory notes deep within. A spicyness builds up over time but it never covers the other flavours. The sherry notes are still hiding behind the honey, making it hard to pinpoint. It’s very integrated into the honey and vanilla. Some raisins seem to come through after a few sips though. A cardboard note sits in the back of the palate and that brings it down a notch.

Finish: A peppery note comes through before it lands straight into the oak. The sweetness and the peat notes return and they are very consistant throughout. The raisins seem to refuse to come forward from behind the honey, but they do make their presence known. The finish also offer a quite noticable layer of lemon juice around the edges and that note survives when everything else dies down.

Additional information
The Sanaig is part of Kilchoman’s core range. It’s aged in European ex-Oloroso sherry casks and american ex-bourbon barrels separatly. They are vatted together with a higher proportion of sherry casks. The Peat level is 50 ppm. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Bowmore 18 YO – Deep & Complex

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

Tasting notes
Nose: A very thick dark fruitiness with raisins, plums and ripe berries creates a thick layer covering everything on approach. Smoke coming from a warm burning campfire creates a nice setting together with a salty seashore note. A tropical fruitiness with pinapple and mangos sits in the middle with vanilla, lime and sweet black liquorice. The oak peeks through but it’s not pronounced. There’s a hint of menthol creating a freshness to the whole. It’s a pleasant nosing, but it feels like there’s a distance between the sherry overtone and the rest of the dram.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet and the vanilla steps forward at first. The texture is thick and oily and it shows its age with a hefty dustiness. There are both ripe and dried fruits together with fresh red berries and a lot of tropical fruitiness. It’s salty and somewhat astringent. The oak is old, grey and weathered. There’s almost no peat flavours, just a hint of leather in the background.

Finish: The finish starts out with a big bowl of tropical fruits and the campfire smoke finally returns. The oak is dusty and got some astringency to it. It’s still grey and weathered and there’s a hint of bitterness with walnuts within. The very long and pleasant finish carries all the fruity flavours all the way through. The menthol returns in the tail end and creates a veil over all the fruits and the oak.

Additional information
This expression was released in 2017 as a part of Bowmore’s travel retail range. It’s matured in a combination of ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry and ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

Longrow Peated (2019 Release)

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is salty and medicinal. There’s a heavy peat layer combined with a sweeter honey note. There’s also a hint of rubber, but it’s feint and hides in the background. A savory and oily note sits somewhere in the middle and there are notes of oak and vanilla sitting on the sides. This is quite complex. The longer it stays in the glass, the more the peat and the oak comes together. There’s a hint of coconut coming through after a few minutes in the glass. With time the savory note moves forward as well as sweet honey and vanilla.

Mouth: It’s spicy at first with some dustiness and white pepper. Then a nice fruitiness comes through with sweet red apples and a twist of lemon. The rubber note, as well as the savory oily note, builds the bulk of the taste the longer it stays in the mouth. A ”leathery” peat resides in the background. A slight bitterness builds up over time.

Finish: The peppery notes are immediate, then the bulk comes rolling through in waves. First comes some sweet fruitiness, then the rubber and savory notes and finally the peatiness. The peat creates a leather pouch surrounding all the other flavours. A slightly astringent and fresh oakiness also gets put into the pouch. The sweetness slowly fades way and the last things to stay are leather, oak and a bitter lemon note.

Additional information
This is a mix of 6 YO, 10 YO and 14 YO whiskies aged in american ex-bourbon barrels. This used to be called ”Longrow CV”. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Kura The Whisky – Rum Cask Finish

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is ashy, sweet and fruity. There are notes of a big bucket of pears, cold ashes after a BBQ and honey sweetness. There’s a savory note in the dead center. It feels somewhat manufactured and all the different pieces just aren’t put together properly. They kind of float by themselves without touching each other. The peatiness is nice, the fruitiness and sweetness are nice and the savory note is, well… nice. But they seem not to be connected. A small hint of cardboard is also found in the background.

Mouth: It starts out very ashy and spicy. The pears are pushing the ashes aside and the cardboard note is now coming up to the front and that makes it a bit unpleasant. It’s still savory and a dry oak shows up on the palate. Somewhere along the line a butterscotch note appears. It turns slightly bitter after a few sips. It’s still very fruity though. It still feels disconnected and unsettled.

Finish: The fruitiness is now taking control and the peatiness and ashes almost disappear altogether. The oak arrives quite late. It’s dry and a little bit dusty. The savory note returns and just a whiff of the ashes return late in the finish. A vanilla note comes through the oakiness in the end. It’s a decent dram, it just feels like an unfinished puzzle, where the pieces on their own look… nice.

Additional information
Kura the whisky is a blended malt from the Helios Distillery. It’s made from 3-18 YO sourced whisky from Scotland and finished in ex-rom casks in Japan.

Laphroaig The 1815 Legacy Edition

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is peaty and oaky. At first there are smoke and ashes from a burnt out campfire together with iodine and salt. Behind that there’s a hay note together with some honey and vanilla. There’s a clear oakiness shining through all the way from the start. A fresh peppermint is peeking through from the back together with a thin layer of fruitiness. It’s hard to pick out a specific fruit, but I get a hint of raspberries and maybe a hint of mango.

Mouth: A wet hay together with burnt out coal makes the peatiness thick and dense. There’s a lemon note piercing through. It’s somewhat spicy and the salt, iodine and the vanilla notes are still in there. It’s very bitter and the oak is spreading out in the background. The honey is in there too and it gets sweeter with time in the glass. The fruitiness is basically nowhere to be found at this point.

Finish: It starts out with a big dip in flavour but soon pick up pace again. The spicyness comes first followed by the heavy bitterness and after that the peat notes follow. The finish is filled with espresso, iodine and wet hay. The oak itself is fairly invisible for a long time. When all other flavours reside a vague honey sweetness reappears together with a hint of fruit and the long sought after oakiness. It’s quite nice in the tail end.

Additional information
The 1815 Legacy edition is first aged in first fill american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in new european hogsheads. It’s unchillfiltered. Some sources say that this is the same whisky as the An Cuan Mòr.

Springbank 15 YO (2018 Release)

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Campbeltown
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet, salty and savory. There are rubber, motoroil and ash notes together with assorted dark fruits, red berries and salt. It’s got a sweet aura of honey and peat, but it’s so well integrated it almost feels like it’s coming from within every other flavour. There’s a tiny minty note hiding in the background. This is a well balanced, complex nose with a phenolic touch.

Mouth: At first it’s got the honey sweetness up front and soon the savory note shows up as a baseline. All the other flavours then comes through one after another. First red berries and ripe plums, then salt, ash, rubber and a squeeze of lemon. There’s a spicyness coming through after a few seconds.

Finish: A whiff of ashy smoke comes through before getting back to the savory notes and the sweet fruitiness. The rubber note flares up and goes back down again. The fruitiness comes through, but now it’s more leaning towards tropical fruits. It’s still very savory and now slightly astringent. The ash note hangs on when the oak starts to take over. This is nothing short of absolutely fantastic.

Additional information
This is distilled 2.5 times and matured in ex-oloroso sherry casks for the entire 15 years. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

ABV: 58.4 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is rich and spicy. There’s anise and cinnamon and a dry oakiness. A fruitiness with mainly cherries and green apples sit together with a dusty corn note in the middle with a veil of nail polish remover surrounding it. Honey and vanilla creates a base giving the nose depth. It feels very well balanced. It’s very pleasant in the nose.

Mouth: It starts out with honey up front with cinnamon and rye spices peeking through. The fruitiness is still filled with cherries and green apples. The oak is very dry and somewhat astringent. A bitterness slowly builds up and the anise becomes more pronounced. The cherries move forward together with the rye spices.

Finish: A layer of menthol spreads out in the mouth before the oak and a dusty corn note take lead. There’s liquorice root, honey and vanilla. Those flavours stay on the sides of a freshly cut oakiness. It’s still dry and the astringency stays a long time after everything else have subsides. There’s a hint of coffee coming through in the lady part of the finish. This is a very well balanced bourbon.

Additional information
This is a barrel proof bourbon made from whiskey aged between 6-12 years in alligator charred (#4 char, 55 sec.) barrels. The mash bill consists of 75 % corn, 13 % Rye and 12 % barley.

Glendronach 12 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: At first there are dark and dried fruits together with some sweet black liquorice and a hint of anise. It’s filled with raisins, dades and ripe plums soaked in liqueur. The sweetness is thick with brown sugar and honey notes. There’s also a more floral side to it. After a while the fruitiness moves more towards fresher red berries.

Mouth: At first there’s a hint of lemon but when it settles it moves back towards red and dark fruits. It’s got some dust on top and a nice vanilla note within. It’s really heavy on the raisins. After a while a thin bitter note comes through with a slightly astringent oakiness.

Finish: The lemon note comes back for a second or two before the fruitiness comes back. It’s now back to more of the red berries and the darker fruits resides in the back. Everything disappears quite fast and that leaves the oak to do a solo exit. It’s a very nice oakiness, but a bit laid back. A metallic note coates the mouth after the oakiness is gone which brings it down a little. All-in-all it’s a nice dram but it’s a bit subtle to be a ”sherry bomb”.

Additional information
The Glendronach 12 YO is matured in both ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Aberfeldy 12 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and fruity. There are Raspberries, kiwi fruits and green apples. Behind the fruitiness there’s a nice speck of dust and a dollop of vanilla cream. There’s a hint of nail polish remover on top. A touch of marzipan comes through after a while. It’s a quite pleasant nose.

Mouth: The first aquaintance is mild and dusty. The taste is not as fruity as the nose suggests and the fruitiness is now more like baked red apples. It’s vanilla forward with toffee notes added, and they move forward together as time passes in the glass. There’s a nice peppery layer somewhere in the middle. It’s astringent and there’s a clear bitterness sitting with the oak in the background waiting to burst through.

Finish: The fruitiness changes again. It’s now leaning towards darker fruits together with some peaches. The oak is dominant and quite astringent. It’s very bitter and there are espresso and pure cocoa powder notes within. The oakiness feels very fresh and strong. As a nice surprise some assorted tropical fruits arrive late and when they do, they really take over the tail end of the finish. This is a nice composition as a whole.

Additional information
Aberfeldy is one of the main components in Dewar’s Blended Scotch. The 12 YO is matured in american ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks.

The Macallan 12 YO – Triple Cask

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

Tasting notes
Nose: Dense and very sweet. There’s a thick mat of raisins and honey. Underneath there are liqueur soaked cherries, sweet liquorice and vanilla. There’s a thin layer of seaweed on top which brings the experience down a little. The cask influence (not the oak) completely covers the distillate. In the background there’s a note of wet clothes after a walk in the rain.

Mouth: Very sweet and mild. The vanilla is very much up front together with butterscotch and pure white sugar. There’s a thin note of violets sitting in the middle as a nice easter egg. The sherry notes are still very heavy on the raisins, but now the distillate shines through with some pears and lemons. It’s oily and it’s got a luxurious texture. There’s a black pepper in the surroundings but it’s not pronounced.

Finish: The sherry notes are now the main feature pushing everything else back. The violets are still to be found. It still got vanilla and raisins a-plenty together with a butterscotch note. The oak finally peeks through, but never takes over. The black pepper note is building up as a nice contrast to the thick sweetness. Overall it feels a bit over-engineered.

Additional information
This was renamed from ”Fine Oak” to ”Triple Cask” in 2018 and is a part of Macallan’s new core range. It’s aged in separate casks from european sherry seasoned casks, american white oak sherry seasoned casks and american ex-bourbon barrels and then married together before bottling.

The Kurayoshi 12 YO – Pure Malt

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very fruity and floral. There’s foremost green fruits. Pears and grapes are its main features. There’s not much of a cask influence at first but some notes of vanilla, honey and a dusty oak continuously move forward as time passes in the glass. The distillate is coming through and there’s a cardboardy note in the background. It feels a bit brittle but sweet and friendly.

Mouth: This is very mild and quite dusty. It’s got an immediate bitter baseline and the honey sweetness is up front together with the fruitiness, which now has turned more towards red juicy apples. The oak arrives early and the vanilla is a little more pronounced now. There’s a spicy touch to it but patience is needed to find it.

Finish: A bit ”boozy” at first. A big spike of green fruitiness comes back but quickly gets covered with vanilla and honey. After a while everything gets overpowered by the oak. The oakiness is very pleasant with a nuttiness to it. It’s a mix of walnuts and hazelnuts. There’s no astringency whatsoever even though the oak tastes like there should be. It’s a long and quite pleasant finish. It lacks some depth and character, but it’s a very nice experience overall.

Additional information
This is created by the Matsui distillery. The ”pure malt” statement refers to the fact that its content is a mix of Japanese and Scottish malts aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels, in Japan.

Bowmore 10 YO – Tempest VI

ABV: 54.9 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Sweet liquorice, honey, vanilla, toffee and menthol. There’s muted notes of a warm burning campfire nearby. There’s also a big bowl of tropical fruits, lemons, a touch of salt and iodine. It’s a complex and very rich nose.

Mouth: Black pepper, liquorice, assorted tropical fruits with pineapple, mango, lemon and peaches. It’s a very fruity dram. There’s honey and vanilla. The smoke takes a back seat here. A nice fresh oak note hides in the back but comes through when the peppery notes subside.

Finish: The high ABV gives a spicy burst but the focus turns quickly back to the tropical fruits. The peach note really stands out and the oak note comes forward. The seasalt is noticable but comes and goes. The campfire keeps on burning somewhere in the back. Very long and extremely pleasant finish.

Additional information
This expression is a limited release and it’s the last in the line of Tempest batches. It’s been matured in first fill american ex-bourbon barrels for the entire 10 years. It was released in 2015.

Bowmore 15 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is a big bowl of assorted fruits with a baseline of tobacco, leather and smoke from a hot, burning campfire. There are tropical fruits, red berries and darker notes with ripe plums and raisins. The sweetness comes as white chocolate and vanilla surrounding the fruits. This is extremely pleasant and well balanced on the nose.

Mouth: Lemon sour approach with the leather and tobacco notes up front. It comes with some spicyness and a tiny amount of coffee bitterness. The ripe plums together with the tropical fruits are pushing forwards together with a speck of dust tagging along. It’s not as sweet as the nose would suggest. The oak can be noticed in the background. It’s not dry nor astringent, but brings the bitter tone to the mix. There’s also a salty caramel note laying as a thin layer on top of everything.

Finish: The darker sherry notes move forward together with the now refined tobacco notes. The tropical fruitiness comes as a wave rolling through together with some spicyness just before the oak finish takes over. The oak comes with espresso and the chocolate has now switched from white to dark. It’s a long finish which rewards the flavour seeker. All the fruitiness can be found over and over again all the way to the end.

Additional information
This Bowmore is supposed to be the same as the ”15 YO – Darkest”. It’s matured for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels and finished for 3 years in Oloroso sherry casks.

AnCnoc 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and floral. A big bucket of pears and green apples with honey, butterscotch and a speck of dust. Quite vibrant and youthful.

Mouth: Surprisingly dusty with the malt coming forward with the fruits switching over to ripe red apples and apple juice. The oak is there, but not overpowering. Very mild and welcoming.

Finish: Still dusty and the ripe fruits soon get overtaken by the oak notes. Hazelnuts, peaches and a feint coffee note complement the oak finish.

Additional information
This whisky is made at the Knockdhu distillery. It’s matured in 2nd fill american ex-bourbon barrels and 2nd fill spanish ex-sherry butts. Generally, it’s made by the ratio of 8 barrels to 2 sherry butts.

The Balvenie 16 YO – Triple Cask

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. There’s a mix of oranges, apples and pears together with syryp, vanilla and a hint of butterscotch and/or toffee. The sherry notes are also present, but it takes a while before it opens up. It adds dried druits and berries and gives the nose a great span from darker to lighter notes. There’s a slight bitterness coming from a mix of orange peel and the oakiness. This is very pleasant on the nose.

Mouth: A very mild and easy approach brings the vanilla up front together with oranges and grapefruits. The oak shows up early with a nice walnut bitterness to it. There’s chocolate and a touch of cinnamon. There’s also a salty note which helps the the butterscotch and toffee to change towards salted caramel. A tiny amount of spicyness and a speck of dust sits on top. It’s quite complex despite the low ABV.

Finish: The finish just brings more of the same notes with vanilla and both plums, raisins, citrus fruits and berries. The oak moves forward and a big bucket of assorted tropical fruits appear. It’s still slightly bitter with orange peel and walnuts. It’s a very mild experience all the way through.

Additional information
This was released in 2013 as a part of the Balvenie’s travel retail range. It’s aged in three different cask types individually; First fill and refill american ex-bourbon oak barrels and first fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s then married together in a tun.

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