Etikettarkiv: Highland whisky review

Loch Lomond Madeira Cask

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mild vanilla and and mixed fresh and dried fruits. There’s a gentle and sweet minty layer on top as well. It’s malty in the middle and it grows sweeter over time. The fruitiness feels less fresh once it settles. It’s a mix of red berries and oranges and maybe a hint of violets. There’s a lemon note in the back as well. The sweetness feels a bit sticky and everything feels a bit top heavy. The oak shines through with the vanilla notes too. The distillate comes through and it feels ethanol driven behind the madeira curtain. This is a decent nose but it’s not without faults. The cask finish makes for a nice cover-up.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild, slightly watery sweetness but it doesn’t take long for a spiky spicyness to arrive. There’s a fresh fruitiness building up in the back at the same time but the spicyness is a bit unpleasant and takes the focus from it. It’s a nice background with mixed fruits, vanilla and malt as well as a honey sweetness. The distillate is still shining through and it’s not the greatest thing in the world. The whole displays a weird mix of being watery and unpleasantly spiky at the same time.

Finish: The spicyness calms down a bit through the transition and reveals the fruitiness at its fullest. It’s once again a nice mix of oranges, red sweet berries and some lemons. There’s a floral side to it as well. The vanilla and the sweetness slowly changes and becomes the oakiness while the fruitiness is hogging all the attention. The distillate is not as protruding anymore and the finish is the best part of the journey. It’s a nice mix of fruits and a decent oakiness. There’s a sweet liquorice note in there as well. This is a decent whisky for the price point. Corners are cut but the cask finish does a good job of hiding the less desirable sides of it.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in american oak casks for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished in ex-madeira casks for about 6 months.

Loch Lomond Madeira Wood Finish

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highlands
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 sweet honey and vanilla note with a floral side to it. Underneath lies a black liquorice note and a slight nuttiness or maybe singed wood. On top lies a rather fresh and dry fruitiness with grapes and lemon. It’s young and feels rather top heavy, but the top does a nice job in covering up the spirity side of it. Time in the glass makes it a lot fresher and fruity. This is a good nose with a lot to offer. It’s quite pleasant.

Mouth: It starts out being flat and then a sudden explosion of fruits and spicyness. It feels a bit hot, quite spirity and young but there’s a surprisingly good arrange of flavours pushing through. There are apricots, orange marmelade, yellow pears and lemon. It still feels very top heavy but there’s a lot of flavour coming through. The floral notes are also in there as well as vanilla sweetness, but it’s not as sweet as on the nose. The story underneath is a different story though, with a rather unpleasant bitter note sitting in an otherwise half-empty space.

Finish: The spicyness rises once again as well as the fruitiness. It’s a nice mixed bag of tropical fruits at this point and it’s joined by the oakiness very quickly. It’s a very nice experience at this point, but it soon gets a bit dimishished when the oakiness takes over. It becomes a bit boring and slightly bitter. There’s a big nutty surprise though, which arrives very late in the finish. It becomes pleasantly nutty. There’s still a hole in the flavour profile throughout. This is a good whisky with a lot to offer. Sure it’s young and a bit spirity, but the cask finish does a good cover up job.

Additional information
This whisky is a travel retail exclusive release. It was first aged in ”traditional” ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in ex-Madeira casks. No maturation time is disclosed.

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Ardnamurchan AD 4.21:3

ABV: 46.8 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and peaty. At first there’s a fresh green apple note, hints of dark fruits and a sweet vanilla cream note and it battles with a seaside style peatiness which comes through as mild and mineral rich. There’s a hint of seaweed within and it’s connected both to the peat and the sherry cask influence. With time in the glass there’s an oakiness slowly moving up towards the edges of the glass. A young, spirity note is present throughout but it’s not protruding or metallic. There’s a mix of assorted cooking spices in there as well. This is a nice nose which lacks a bit of depth but offers an interesting experience.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild and sweet outer surface and a young and sprawling center. It takes a second or two before the peat shows up and it’s a very unique peatiness with a coffee note attached to it. The sweetness increases in size and brings a standard vanilla/honey mix, but it is very contrasting to the unique peatiness. The fruitiness is contained to a sour note in the back and a miniscule dark fruitiness up front. There are many small flavour circling around such as spices, chalk and anis root.

Finish: The finish starts off with a spike in intensity which hides most of the flavours for a second or two. The first thing that reappears is the peatiness around the edges of the palate. A black pepper note is residing in the back and as the sweetness slowly returns together with the green apple note, the dark fruitiness and dark chocolate. The bitterness remain throughout and the coffee note gives it a pleasant contrast to the sweet notes. This is a very good whisky with a lot to offer to the explorer. It’s not complex but it delivers a fresh take on flavour combinations found in a single malt.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in 65 % ex-bourbon barrels and 35 % ex-sherry casks. The content is ~6 years old. 17502 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Tomatin 18 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and very fruity. At first there’s a mild honey and vanilla base with a nice ripe berry fruitiness. There’s a grittier side to it as well with raisins, a hint of rubber and dry garden soil. When it starts to settle there’s a nice cinnamon note on top and some fresher fruits in the back. The vanilla evolves into a fudge/toffee note. It feels quite vibrant for its age and it takes a good while before notes of age appears. This is a very nice and well balanced nose which delivers a nice experience overall.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild toffee sweetness. Everything grows quickly and becomes quite big and rich. There’s a nice pepperiness approaching from the back while the ripe fruitiness starts to push through the sweetness in all directions. There are raisins and overripe plums as well as a lemon peel bitterness in the back. It really shows age at this point with some dusty leather books mixed in with everything else. The cinnamon note is still in there as well. It still feels very balanced.

Finish: The spicyness spreads slowly over the palate and a fresh orange/lemon fruitiness mixed with the dusty book notes arrive first. The ripe fruits and the gritty notes have moved backwards and now creates a nice dark backdrop. Everything is in its place and the movements almost feels orchistrated. The oakiness is fashionably late which is a good thing. It lets everything shine to its fullest before taking over. It’s a nice slightly hazelnutty oakiness which feels… very well balanced. This is a really great whisky which is very well put together. It feels almost too predictable at times.

Additional information
This whisky has been aged in refill casks and then finished in first fill ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Shackleton

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
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 an apple and pear fruitiness mixed with some vanilla. After a while it settles and reveals a bit of caramel. It feels slightly spirity and a bit harsh. Underneath lies a subdued peat note which feels a bit herbal and easy to miss. Everything seems quite simple and straight forward and there’s a lack of complexity. It’s quite boring to explore. There are some riper notes within but they also seem to be disappearing in the whole. This is a decent nose after all, with a very easy access flavour profile.

Mouth: It starts out with a maltiness, honey and a bit of caramel. It feels a bit less spirity and has a small peppery overtone which is much needed. On the sides there are a dried fruitiness with hints of red berries, tropical fruits and baked apples. All of these are very subdued though and it’s way less fruity than on the nose. There are notes of peat, ginger and oak coming through but overall it comes through as a bit flat.

Finish: The peppery note disappears immidiately and it takes a big dip in intensity from low to very low. The same fruit notes reappear as well as the sweetness. It has a rather off-putting cardboard note at this point. The oakiness arrives quite quick and it’s a decent one with a bit too much woodshop to it. The finish consists of just the oakiness and maybe just a hint of cacao and hazelnuts. This is not the best whisky in the world. It’s drinkable, but overall too mild and lacks a cohesive direction.

Additional information
This blended malt is supposedly made from highland malts and aged for an undisclosed time in a mix of american oak and ex-sherry casks. It’s based on a whisky from over a 100 years ago found in ice.

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Tomatin 12 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a sweet honey and vanilla baseline with top notes of fresh red berries, mainly leaning towards raspberries. There’s also a citrus note floating around. When it settles it becomes more dense with a heavier vanilla and caramel note and a darker ripe fruitiness. There are some raisins and just a tiny hint of leather peeking through. It does retain its freshness as well as presenting some apple notes in the back. It feels slightly spirity on top which brings it down a notch but it’s overall a pleasant character. This is a very good nose with a decent amount of flavours to chase after.

Mouth: It starts out with a round vanilla and honey center part and a slightly peppery ouside layer. After a second or two the sherry notes arrive with ripe berries, coffee, leather and dark chocolate. The slight bitterness creates a nice contrast to the sweet base flavours and gives the fruitiness an extra dimension. The citrus note is now residing in the back. The rather low ABV doesn’t hurt the feel of it, but it could use a little bit more power to really bloom. It still has a spirity feel to it which, once again brings it down a notch.

Finish: It starts out with a mild pepper note and a fruitiness, which now feels like everything has merged into one note of baked apples with sweet custard, which is a very nice combination. There’s now a lemon peel bitterness in the back together with an emerging oakiness. The oakiness is decent and not over bearing, but it’s not the most interesting finish. It’s a rather short closure which seems a bit weird. This is a very good whisky overall with a lot of nice, interesting flavours and features. It’s not without its faults though, but they are not too bad.

Additional information
This whisky has been aged in a combination of refill casks and american ex-bourbon oak barrels and then finished in spanish ex-sherry casks.

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The Dalmore 10 YO – Vintage 2006

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very oaky and sweet. There’s honey, malt and a sort of in-between circle of toffee, caramel, cream and fudge. The fruitiness is also very much in focus, with oranges, grapefruit and lime. There’s also a somewhat odd seaweed note laying on top. It has a very noticable oakiness.

Mouth: It’s dusty and the vanilla is very up front and powerful. Beneath is the butterscotchy fudge note coming through with a fruity tang to it. There’s green apples, grapefruit, orange marmelade and lime. The oak is very bitter and astringent and somewhere in there are pure cacao and strong coffee notes.

Finish: The vanilla is still in charge and behind the grapefruit and orange marmelade lingers. The butterscotchy fudge note is quickly gone and leaves room for a very dry and astringent oak. It’s very bitter, almost like there’s a dash of tonic water in there. The cacao is still present and the coffee note swithes up a notch towards espresso.

Additional information
This Dalmore expression is matured in american ex-bourbon barrels. For most of its time it rests in refill barrels and then in first fills during a finishing period.

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AnCnoc 18 YO

ABV: 46 %
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 dusty vanilla and butterscotch sweetness filling up most of the center. It’s surrounded by a sweet dried fruitiness creating a thin layer. The fruitiness slowly grows bigger and mixes with the sweetness and becomes a bit darker than before. There’s also a mild menthol note floating around up above together with a floral note. The age shines through with a tiny smell of old furniture but it feels surprisingly fresh for its age. This is a pleasant and quite gentle nose, yet it still feels rich and balanced.

Mouth: It starts out with a dusty mix of assorted dried fruits and berries with an outer core of honey and vanilla. It feels very big and it demands a lot more attention than it did on the nose. It’s quite spicy and there’s a nice texture to it. The fruitiness switches towards brighter and sour notes after a while. There’s a nice contrasting bitterness coming from an oakiness sitting way back on the palate at this point. There’s also a mix of kitchen spices floating around. It feels quite complex even though the baseplate feels rather simple.

Finish: The dustiness really comes through in the beginning of the finish as well as a spike in ABV spicyness. Once it settles there’s a mix of sour lemon and darker fruits taking over for a while. A black liquorice note pops up and so do the kitchen spices. The hint of old furniture pops up once again before the oakiness starts to take over. It’s a nice and spicy oak with a hint of oakiness attached to it. It never gets overwhelming but stays for a long time. This is a great whisky with a lot to offer both as a sipper and as a tasting experience.

Additional information
This whisky was first released in 2014. It’s aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and european oak ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Tullibardine 228 – Burgundy Finish

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet malt and dark fruits. At first there’s a thick layer of figs, raisins and dark chocolate with a sweet maltiness close behind. It takes a few minutes for the nose to balance out and when it does there’s slightly fresher red fruits starting to come up towards the edges together with an oak note. The sweetness do subside, but the whole has a very sweet character and there are honey, vanilla and a burnt caramel note within. There are baking spices in there as well. It’s very easy to approach but it isn’t boring nor flat. This is a nice nose. It’s not complex but it delivers a seemingly balanced experience for those who give it time to open up.

Mouth: It starts out with a very round and sweet center part with malt, honey, vanilla and the dark chocolate. On the outside it delivers a nice complex mix of dark and dried fruits, a hint of sulfur and the burnt caramel. After a few seconds a spicyness slowly arises from the outside. It takes a bit too long to arrive which makes the first impact slightly flat. The dark chocolate moves outwards and creates a nice bitterness around the edges. It feels young and lively but it’s not unpleasant and metallic. It’s a bit top heavy and there’s a big hole in the back of the palate.

Finish: The transition is uneventful and except for a minor increase in spicyness and the dark fruitiness it sort of just keeps on givning the same flavours and the same set-up with the sweet ball in the middle firmly in focus. It dies down rather quickly though and left is a mild peppermint and a bland oakiness. There’s a misplaced sour note coming through from the back as well. This is a decent whisky, but it’s let down by a rather disappointing finish. It is leaning heavily on the finishing cask which doesn’t cut it all the way through.

Additional information
This whisky was released in 2013. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished in 228-litre Red Burgundy wine casks from Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet.

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Tomatin Legacy

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

Tasting notes
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Additional information
The Legacy was relaunched in 2016 as the entry level in Tomatin’s core range. It’s been aged in a combination of american ex-bourbon oak barrels and virgin oak casks for an undisclosed amount of time.

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Glenmorangie 14 YO The Elementa – New Charred Oak Cask Finish

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

Tasting notes
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Additional information
The Elementa is a part of Glenmorangie’s travel retail series called Legends. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and finished in charred virgin oak casks.

Glengoyne 21 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
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 ex-sherry casks for the full maturation time. It has natural colour.

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Blair Athol 10 YO (Lady of the Glen)

ABV: 55.8 %
Origin: Highland
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 lot of dark fruit notes mixed of a sticky sweetness with toffee, honey and vanilla.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2020. It’s aged in an ex-bourbon hogshead and finished in a first fill ex-PX sherry cask. Cask No 301290. The bottle tried was 124/274. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Balblair Vintage 2000 – 2nd Release

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highland
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 malt and darker fruits as the main feature. It’s very subdued on the nose but very rich in texture and taste with leather, dust and floral notes floating around.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2017. It’s aged in ex-bourbon casks and finished in ex-sherry butts. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Royal Lochnagar 16 YO – Special Release 2021

ABV: 57.5 %
Origin: Highland
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 malty whisky with a mix of toffee and apples as the main feature. It’s got a nice chili spicyness and some vanilla, honey and baking spices as well. It’s very straight forward and lacks a bit of complexity which makes it a bit uninteresting.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2004 and then aged in both american and european refill oak casks. It’s part of diageo’s special releases from 2021.

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Teaninich 17 YO – Limited Release (2017)

ABV: 55.9 %
Origin: Highland
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 light and fruity whisky with a mix of high impact yellow pears and some tropical fruits. It’s sweet and malty as well. It felt too young for its age and lacked a bit of body. It had a slight cardboard note in the background. It’s still a good whisky but one could expect a bit more of this.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1999 and then aged in refill american oak hogsheads and butts. It’s part of diageo’s special releases from 2017. 5352 bottles were released.

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Glendronach 21 YO – Parliament

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and sweet. At first there’s a dark, dried fruitiness with prunes and raisins sitting in between a minty top note and a honey, brown sugar and vanilla sweetness. There are notes of tobacco, sulfur and a slightly gritty complexity in the center. Underneath there’s a fresher fruitiness with mainly apples. When it settles it becomes more floral and it feels much younger than its age. The sweetness is a bit sticky throughout and the whole thing has an acidity to it. This is a decent nose, but it lacks a bit of the notes which would come from a 21 year aging period.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweet coating on the outside and a mix of black coffee and dark fruits in the middle. After a few seconds a brighter fruitiness gets added to the mix as well. The notes of age missing from the nose are now very pronounced with dust, a hint of old books and a damp cellar note. There’s a spicyness slowly creeping forward as well. The mouthfeel really doesn’t match up to the flavours though and it’s not as sweet as on the nose.

Finish: The spicyness spikes through the transition before the dark flavours comes through once again. It’s still a mix of coffee and dark dried fruits like prunes and raisins. The dusty note and the minty top layer soon follows. The background is filled with a lemon note at this point. It takes a good while before the flavours start to give up and give room to the oakiness. It starts att the edges and slowly moves inwards. It’s a nice mix of hazelnuts and both old and fresh oak. It gets fresher with time though. This is a really good sherried whisky with a half decent nose.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a mix of ex-Oloroso and ex-PX sherry casks for the entire aging period. This is the new chillfiltered version. It has natural colour.

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Edradour 10 YO – The Distillery Edition

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and sweet. At first there’s a thick top layer of dark fruits and berries, with plums and liqueur-soaked raisins, honey and vanilla. There are assorted baking spices with some cinnamon peeking through. It’s very top heavy and it feels a bit two-dimensional. There’s a menthol layer floating around on top and some fresher fruits as well but there’s no complexity to speak of. This is a nice enough nose which lacks both power and complexity.

Mouth: It starts out very mild and the dark fruits with overripe plums and soaked raisins are first to come through. It’s got a very sweet character with vanilla, honey and brown sugar as well. All the flavours are up front and and the back only deals with a drop of lemon, a fresh oakiness and a hint of sulfur. It just stays the same and never really changes at this point except for a small spicyness in the back.

Finish: The spicyness in the back increases in intensity and becomes a mild chili note. Rest of the flavours just suddenly disappears and leaves a big hole where they used to be. There’s a small coating of the Oloroso sherry left around the edges and there’s still some lemon in the back together with a savory note. The oakiness returns and it’s a standard oakiness which leaves no lastning impression. This is a good whisky but it’s a bit unbalanced and engineered. It’s way too mild and top heavy but as a background dram or for a beginner this will work very nice.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. (It’s available in the U.S. with 43 %)

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Tullibardine 500 – Sherry Finish

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 sweet layer of vanilla, honey and coconut sitting on top of a mix of dried fruits and berries. It’s a mix of raisins, apricot and orange marmelade. On top there are spices floating around. It’s leaning towards baking spices but doesn’t reveal any specific kind. It becomes sweeter in the glass over time and it’s a sticky sweetness which becomes a bit overwhelming and makes the whole thing a bit unbalanced. This is a nice nose. It’s not complex nor especially interesting but it does its job competently.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild, very sweet mix of honey, vanilla, oak, coconut and sticky sweet red berries. Underneath there are notes of tobacco, coffee and just a hint of sulfur. It’s quite rich and delivers quite a nice palate. It’s a bit too sweet but it makes up for it with some nice background flavours which balances the whole thing out. There’s still notes of apricots and oranges but they are hiding behind everything else. It’s mild but not boring, with a small, yet pleasant, black pepper note on the edges of the palate.

Finish: It starts out with an increase of the sherry notes and now they come through as a bit darker than before with raisins, figs, coffee and tobacco. The black pepper spicyness sort of glides through the transition without increasing. It’s still mild yet decently rich and the sweetness keeps on delivering the same notes. It takes a surprisingly long time for it to fade and when it does, there’s still the oak impact left. It’s a nice enough oakiness with a fresh woodshop character and the coconut returns in the late finish. This is a really good whisky and hits over its paygrade. It’s a bit too sweet to be really balanced but it still delivers a nice array of flavours.

Additional information
This whisky was released in 2013. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished for 12 months in 500-litre ex-sherry casks.

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Glenmorangie 12 YO – The Quinta Ruban Port Cask Finish

ABV: 46 %
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 sweet layer of honey and malt mixed with black and red berries sitting on top of a fresh lemon sourness. The whole feels very cohesive and there are no sharp edges at all. There are som mild baking spices present as well as a more ripe raisiny fruitiness. With time in the glass vanilla starts to get noticed. The main focus lies on the berries and lemon though. This is a very nice nose. It’s not complex but it delivers everything in a very pleasant way.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild dark raisin and coffee note before the sweetness comes creeping up around the edges. After a second or two the sour lemon note starts to take over the background. It creates a nice contrast between the sweet, sour and bitter notes. It’s not as fruity as on the nose and it takes a while for the whole to reach its potential. It’s slightly dusty and the fresh berries do arrive for those who decides to wait. The fruitiness shifts towards liqeuer-soaked cherries after a while as well.

Finish: The dark raisin note shows up in the middle while the coffee bitterness now move to the back of the palate where it meets up with the lemon. All along the sides there’s a nice nutty oak increasing in intensity as well as a honey sweetness. It becomes slightly astringent. The oakiness brings hazelnuts and vanilla to the finish. The cross-section between the oak and the lemon produces a touch of tropical fruits with mango and pineapple. There’s a mild spicyness following along the finish but it never interferes with the rest of the flavours.

Additional information
This is one out of three expressions in the Glenmorangie ”extra matured” series. It’s aged 10 years in ex-bourbon casks and finished for 2 years in ruby port pipes. It’s now replaced by a 14 YO.