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.

The Glenlivet Triple Cask Matured – Distiller’s Reserve

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

Tasting notes
Nose: The first approach is fudge and vanilla heavy. The fruitiness, with ripe red apples and green grapes, is feint at first. The distillate shines through and gives it a slight cardboard note in the background. There’s a tiny hint of sherry, but it’s not sharp nor pronounced. The spicyness leans towards eucalyptos. It’s a bit uneventful on the nose.

Mouth: The vanilla spreads out and a nice spicyness follows. The fudge is now more of a toffee note and honey has joined the sweet side. The fruitiness is still way back and finally steps forward when the oak arrives. There’s a bitterness coming from the european oak and it brings a nice touch of hazelnuts. The sherry casks are basically nowhere to be found.

Finish: A mild start with the spicyness a bit muted at first, but then it quickly builds up. The toffee, vanilla and honey flare up and then settles again leaving the oakiness in charge. Finally a hint of the sherry reappears with some dark dried fruits. The hazelnuts are still in there and a pear note tags along down the road. This is not an adventure by any means, but still a decent dram.

Additional information
This was launched in 2019 as part of Glenlivet’s travel retail exclusive range. It’s aged in ex-sherry casks, traditional (refill) casks and american ex-bourbon barrels.

Lismore 10 YO

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

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

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

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

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

Glenmorangie Legends – The Cadboll

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 layer of vanilla and honey and a good amount of bright fruitiness. There are lemons, orange peel and a tiny hint of watermelons. A speck of dust is sitting on top and in the middle of everything there’s a sugary plum note, which sort of sits by itself surrounded by everything else. There’s also a mild menthol note in the background. It’s very rich and aromatic and very pleasant on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and dusty with a nice gentle spicyness to it. The flavour in the center gets wider and the plums are joined by raisins and red apples. The honey and vanilla is still very much in the forefront. The lemon and orange peel is still present and when the oak appears, the bitterness from the peel merge with the oakiness. The oak also brings bitter almonds and dark chocolate.

Finish: The fruitiness gets a little brighter and now there are tropical fruits mixed in. It’s still very sweet even though the oak arrives with a bitter tang. There are walnuts and freshly brewed coffee. There’s a tiny hint of leather and old dusty books coming through from the background. The oakiness is very nutty and the walnuts stay a long time in the finish. The sour lemon note returns in the tail end of the finish together with the remains of the tropical fruits. This is a very interesting yet easy sipper.

Additional information
The Cadboll is a part of Glenmorangie’s travel retail exclusive Legends series. It’s matured in american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in ex-wine casks that preciously held Muscat and Sémillion wines.

Cardhu 12 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: Very fruity and fresh up front and musty and dusty in the back. This results in baked apples with vanilla cream, yellow pears and a fudge note. There’s some oak notes peeking through and sweet black liquorice develop with time in the glass.

Mouth: Very mild. It’s still quite dusty and the vanilla and fudge move forward. The apples are still there, and so are the cream. There’s just a hint of spicyness. Very approachable and (dare I say it) smooth. The oak arrives early and creates a much needed baseline to the other flavours.

Finish: The oak comes through immediately pushing everything aside except a thin fruity green note. The oak is very bright and straight forward. It’s nice, not bitter nor astringent. After a while the oak changes towards assorted tropical fruits. This is not a very complex whisky but it serves well as an easy sipper.

Additional information
The Cardhu distillate is primarily used in Johnny Walker blends, but the single malt is also sold and it’s even the best selling whisky in Spain. They tried to change it to a blended malt somewhere around 2003 but had to change it back after a year or two. The cask type isn’t disclosed but the flavour profile suggest american ex-bourbon barrels.

Rackhouse Kentucky Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: It’s mellow and a bit thin on approach. The vanilla stands out the most but there’s also a prominent chalky note. The fruitiness with mainly cherries resides in the background. There’s a hint of acetone and some rye spice on top. There is no oakiness present on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out a bit watery, with just a tiny amount of spicyness building up. It’s still vanilla heavy and the cherries and some dusty corn notes are in the backseat. It’s not overly sweet and there’s just a touch of brown sugar intertwined with the vanilla. There’s some liquorice root and anis seeds coming through but the oak is still missing.

Finish: A pop of the fruitiness soon gets replaced with vanilla, brown sugar sweetness and liquorice root. It doesn’t last to long before everything but the liquorice disappears. This finally leaves room for some oakiness. It’s not unpleasant but all the flavours are muted through everything creating a somewhat dull experience. The oak note is kind of clingy in the end.

Additional information
This is a whisky without much information to back it up. It’s a sourced straight bourbon, but nothing is disclosed on which distillery it gets the spirit from. It’s ”produced” by Bartizan BV, a company in the Netherlands.

Bulleit Bourbon

ABV: 45 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: It’s rounded and quite calm. There’s dusty corn, chalk, cherries and a hint of ripe banana and raisins. It’s got vanilla and brown sugar sweetness and the oak is very much present from the start. There’s also a touch of salted peanuts coming through on top of everything else.

Mouth: It’s spicy on the toungue from the start. The dusty corn switches to fruit candies and rye. There’s still a bit of dust in there though. The vanilla and the brown sugar is taking a backseat to the other flavours. The oak is very fresh and slightly bitter and there’s an astringency building up after a few sips.

Finish: It’s still spicy. The fruitiness and sweetness die quickly and leave a fresh oak note all by itself. After a while the ripe banana peeks through. Other than that there’s not much else in the finish except the spicy rye notes. There’s a tiny hint of walnuts in the tail.

Additional information
This bourbon is aged for about 6 years. The mashbill contains 68 % corn, 28 % rye and 4 % barley. It’s made at the Four Roses Distillery. Newer versions will have a distillate from a different source.

The Glenlivet 12 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: Sweet and fruity notes of both green and red apples together with yellow pears, vanilla, honey and pie crust. The oak is noticable and there’s a feint grassy overtone. This is very easy on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out mild and a bit watery. The honey sweetness together with butterscotch, vanilla and baked apples gives it a dessert-like profile. There’s a slight oakiness and a spicyness on the tip of the toungue.

Finish: The fruitiness is at the center, but the vanilla comes through very strong giving it a warm rounded flavour. The rest of the flavours are still in there but subsides and gives room to the oak, which is dry but not astringent. There’s not very strong flavors in the finish, but they find a way to linger in the mouth. This is not very complex but well made as an accessible whisky.

Additional information
One of the most famous single malts in the world. It’s matured first in traditional (refill) oak casks, and then finished in first fill ex-bourbon barrels.

The Glenlivet 18 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is a big bowl of fruits with vanilla on the side. It’s ripe red juicy apples, yellow pears and clementines. There’s also honey, vanilla and cinnamon. The oak is detectable and gives it a mature side. It’s very fragrant.

Mouth: It starts off dusty with some maltiness. There’s an immediate astringency and the oak is very much present from the start. It’s dry and slightly bitter and sits well with the fruits, which are now turning towards grapes and green apples. It’s got a white wine touch to it. The spicyness is feint and it’s a mild, but not bland, experience.

Finish: The big fruit bowl and the white wine note take lead. The oak is still astringent and dry. There’s dark chocolate covered hazelnuts, vanilla, cardemum and some peaches all peeking through. It’s a long and pleasant oaky finish.

Additional information
This 18 YO expression is matured in a combination of first and second Fill american Oak barrels and ex-Sherry european oak casks.

The Singleton of Dufftown 18 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: Very fruity and fresh. Green apples and pears take front seat and a hint of darker fruits make a baseline from behind. It’s not very sweet but gives honey and vanilla notes in between the fruits. The oak is present from the start. It’s a very dry wood feel to it. It’s very pleasant and easy to approach.

Mouth: Malty and a little dusty. The fruits takes a step back and it gets sweeter with more of the honey and vanilla up front. The oak is bitter and resides in the back. There’s not much of a spicyness. A little disappointing after that fantastic nose.

Finish: A whiff of the fruitiness and a hint of honey and vanilla, but it sort of just dies very quickly and leaves nothing but dry oak, walnuts and a hint of coffee. Very oak heavy bitter finish.

Additional information
This expression from Singleton is aged in a combination of european ex-sherry casks and american ex-bourbon barrels.

J.P. Wiser’s 10 YO – Triple Barrel

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Canada
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Very thin and sweet. Honey, grain spirit, butterscotch and vanilla. A hint of peppermint. A feint array of rye spices comes through a long way back. It’s not very interresting and lacks any complexity.

Mouth: It starts out quite watery, but a sweetness with honey, vanilla and butterscotch builds up. There’s a spicyness on the tip of the toungue and when the flavours finally show up, the rye flavours with anis, liquorice root and a bitter bite becomes the main focus. A speck of dust gives a nudge to the 10 years spent in hibernation. The oak comes through just enough to bind it together. It builds up some richness over time.

Finish: The rye spices, anis and liquorice root, are dominating but leave room for some dusty corn notes and a hint of green apples. It leaves a dry, slightly bitter oak but it’s not very astringent. A hint of walnuts appear within the oak note. Everything is toned down and flat all the way through.

Additional information
The components in this blend are aged separatly by grain type and then married together. The three type of casks used are New oak, ex-bourbon and used canadian rye whisky casks.

Mackmyra Svensk Rök

ABV: 46.1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: The juniper wood is really jumping out of the glass. The smoke is subtle yet clearly present. There’s honey, lemon and a hint of oak. It feels young and fresh with a vibrant and aromatic nose.

Mouth: Sweetness with honey and muted butterscotch notes. The juniper wood mixes nicely with the dusty, dry smoke. A spicyness builds up, which fits nicely with the special wood notes that the juniper wood brings.

Finish: It starts out with some menthol, then the smoke and wood takes over. The dusty juniper wood is a red thread throughout. The wood gives a hint of mango and peaches somewhere in the middle of the finish. The spices carry all the way through. Very pleasant finish with the original smoke and wood notes lingering.

Additional information
This expression was released in 2013. The smoke comes from burning both peat and juniper to stop the germination. The casks used for maturation is american oak, swedish oak, refills and ex-oloroso sherry casks.

Knob Creek – Small Batch

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Vanilla, green apples, cherries, nail polish remover, honey and dusty oak. Very aromatic. There’s a chalk note in the background.

Mouth: Starts out very mild with the fruity notes up front. Assorted hard fruit candy, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla. Astringent oak with a hint of pecan nuts. Anis, liquorice and a general rye note surrounds the edges.

Finish: A burst of spicyness leads way but turns over to a mix of the fruit candy and rye spices. The oak is very astringent and leaves a dusty note in the back.

Additional information
This small batch straight bourbon is made to replicate bourbon as it was before prohibition. It’s made from a mash bill consisting of 75 % corn, 13 % rye and 12 % barley. It’s aged in heavily charred barrels to create a fuller flavour.

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