Etikettarkiv: Highland whisky review

Tullibardine 15 YO

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 rich layer of honey and vanilla with notes of liquorice and baking spices within. It sits on top of a fresh red juicy apple fruitiness. With time it becomes more malty and fruity as the sweet layer seems to mellow down. It feels like a natural progression and when it reaches its final form it feels very well balanced. This is a great nose. It’s not especially complex but still offers a nice journey.

Mouth: It starts out with a very sweet and round center part with butterscotch, vanilla and honey. A thin outer layer offers a fresher lemon but it disappears when the core expands from the center outwards. It’s nicely textured and there’s a mild peppermint cloud floating around on top. It feels somewhat flat due to the rather low ABV, but it never feels watery. It’s still malty all the way through as well. For those who wait there’s liquorice emerging from the back which then moves forwards on the edges of the palate.

Finish: The red apples and sweet liquorice starts the finish from the back of the palate moving forward. The sweet honey, butterscotch and vanilla mix isn’t far behind and neither is the maltiness. The peppermint increases in intensity as the finish progresses and follows along until the oakiness makes a late entrance. It’s a nice fresh oakiness with a nutty hazelnuts quality to it. This is a great whisky with a lot to offer, especially for a sweet tooth.

Additional information
The Tullibardine 15 YO is part of the distillery’s core range. It’s aged exclusively in first-fill american ex-bourbon casks.

Loch Lomond 15 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and mildly peated. At first there’s a center of mixed red fruits with a soft and sweet layer of honey, vanilla and malt surrounding it. The peat is creating an outer layer which also covers the background. It’s a herbaceous peat with a back note of assorted flowers. When it settles it also reveals a lemon note in the back. With time in the glass everything slowly merges together to create a very nice and interesting nose.

Mouth: It starts out with a nutty bitterness in the back and the herbaceaous peatiness on the sides. It takes a second or two for the fruitiness and the sweetness to arrive and when they do, they’re a bit more subdued than on the nose. The fruitiness is a mix of darker dried fruits with a twist of lemon and the sweetness is somewhat undefinable. There’s also a slightly dusty note coming through from behind. A thin butterscotch note makes for a nice surprise for those who are patient.

Finish: It starts out quite dusty with a mild toffee and vanilla sweetness. The fruitiness is still a bag of mixed dried fruits, now with an orange peel bitterness attached to it. The peatiness is still present in the background but it’s a bit less noticable. The oakiness comes through in a very subtle way, emerging through the dust and orange peel. It’s a very pleasant nutty oakiness which never overshadows the other flavours. This is a great whisky with a lot of flavours to find.

Additional information
The Loch Lomond 15 YO was launched in september 2018 as a swedish market exclusive. It’s created by a mix of different unpeated and peated distillates. It’s aged in a mix of refill barrels, refill hogsheads and recharred hogsheads.

Glen Deveron 16 YO – Royal Burgh Collection

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and honey. At first there’s a dense sweetness with malt, vanilla and honey with a thick layer of dark ripe fruits on the outside. It’s raisins and overripe, almost molten plums together with a black liquorice note. It’s got a dusty and damp feel to it and after it settles it also produces a slightly fresher fruitiness as a nice contrast. It’s fresh, but still dark, berries like blueberries. This is a really nice and rich nose, but it presents itself a bit too mild due to the low ABV.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild and sweet approach. The sherry notes with raisins and plums are next to arrive and they bring a thin layer of sulfur along. After that some kitchen spices and a nice bitter note come through. The dusty feel is still in there, but it’ not as dense as on the nose. The oakiness is detectable and it brings a hint of walnuts to the table. The fresh fruits are not present anymore.

Finish: The first impact is somewhat muted and it’s a seemless trasition to the finish. There is a mild spicyness on top but the main flavours are still the sweet honey and vanilla mix in the middle and the dark fruitiness and sulfur on the outside. It stays that way until the oakiness starts to push through. It’s a nice, slightly astringent oak with hints of walnuts and black coffee. It never turns over to become bitter though and the finish is quite long and rewarding. This is a fantastic whisky, but it’s hurting a little bit by the low ABV. It puts up a fight against it though and delivers quite a lot of flavours.

Additional information
This is made by the Macduff distillery and was released in 2013 as a part of their travel retail exclusive range ”The Royal Burgh Collection”. It’s aged in ex-sherry casks.

The Dalmore 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark, fruity and sweet. It’s full of raisins and honey. The sweetness is very pronounced. There’s also a savory note in the back. The fruitiness consists of ripe plums, red apples and liqueur-soaked cherries and a bittersweet marmelade. There are hints of leather and oak in the background creating a complex backdrop. It grows sweeter with time in the glass.

Mouth: There’s an immediate bitterness hitting the palate but it’s still filled with honey and fruits. After a second or two it becomes vanilla heavy and marmelade with orange peel becomes the common denominator between the sweetness, bitterness and the fruitiness. There’s still a handful of raisins and the oak comes through pretty quick bringing a cup of coffee and some walnuts to the table. There’s no astringency and just a smidge of spicyness.

Finish: It starts out very mild and a touch waxy. The oak is in front with bitter notes of cocoa, walnuts and coffee. The sweetness is not as pronounced in the finish as in the mouth but notes of honey, raisins and orange peel still persist. In the end, the oak is left all by itself. There’s still no astringency and the somewhat hefty bitterness is still very nice. It’s a very pleasant finish.

Additional information
This version of the Dalmore 12 YO was released in 2008. It’s aged for 9 years in american ex-bourbon barrels. Half of the whisky is then moved into ex-Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks. After being aged for an additional 3 years the two parts are remarried.

The Dalmore Gran Reserva

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dense, sweet and fruity. Honey, liquorice and vanilla fight for attention against a fruitiness from both dark and dried fruits. There’s rum-soaked raisins and sultanas, liqueur-soaked cherries and a fruity red wine. There’s also some dark chocolate with a hint of cinnamon sprinkled on top. The oak is already noticable. The fruity red wine notes, now leaning towards fresh berries, move forward a bit with time in the glass and so does the dark chocolate.

Mouth: At first it’s just sweet but soon the other flavours join in. It’s dark and bitter with raisins, dark chocolate, oak, walnuts and coffee. The vanilla is still in there and so is the red wine note. A touch of spicyness lies on the top of the toungue. The bitterness increase with each sip. It’s slightly astringent.

Finish: The oakiness flare up and basically hogs all the attention from everything else. When it makes way for other flavours a savory note shows up in the middle of the palate. The vanilla reappears but resides in the back. A tropical fruitiness arrives late and comes through within the oakiness creating a nice break from the otherwise dark and bitter flavours. The dark chocolate, liquorice, honey and coffee notes are clinging on to the finish before the oak takes over again.

Additional information
The Gran Reserva is an expression aged for somewhere around 10-15 years. 40 % of its content is aged in first fill american ex-bourbon barrels and 60 % in first fill european ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The marriage period is about 6 months. It’s now discontinued.

Loch Lomond Original

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and fruity with a big basket of pears and green apples. Behind the fruits notes of vanilla and honey creates a laid back sweetness. It feels a bit shallow and the distillate comes through as young and with a tiny hint of cardboard. It’s becomes more dense and sweet with time in the glass. It’s easy on the nose but comes off as a bit uninteresting.

Mouth: It’s a bit watery at first, but then it’s becomes quite spicy together with pears, green apples and a hint of watermelon. It’s very bitter at first, but with time it becomes more malty and sweet. The vanilla has disappeared but the honey is still found in the back together with a speck of dust. It’s a tiny bit unpleasant and a little bit dry, even though the oakiness is nowhere to be found yet.

Finish: A savory note comes through together with a very immidiate oakiness. The fruitiness is now turning towards assorted tropical fruits with pineapples as the main feature. It’s dry and astringent and the unpleasant bitterness is still in there. When the bitterness finally subsides the oak and tropical fruits stay for a very nice and tasty finish. This is a good entry level single malt.

Additional information
The Loch Lomond Original is the distillery’s entry level malt in core range. There’s no information on the maturation length or the specific cask type, other than it’s aged in american oak.

Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12 YO – The Island Collection

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mix of honey, vanilla and malt with an apple and pear fruitiness. After a few seconds a nice subtle peatiness starts to show up together with red berries, oranges and a hint of sulfur. With time the fruitiness becomes the main focal point. It is a very well balanced and pleasant nose with a lot of subtle nuances.

Mouth: It starts out with lemons and oranges in the back and a big bunch of apricots and dried tropical fruits up front. In between there’s a sweet malty layer with vanilla and honey. The oak is detectable and sits together with the peat and the sulfur towards the sides. It’s got a nice rich texture to it. A hint of butterscotch and a tiny amount of oak spices appear after a while.

Finish: It starts out with the apricots and oranges up front. Another fruity layer with dried tropical fruits and pears sits in the back and vanilla and oak is floating around in between. The peatiness is now covering the edges and the sulfur is still sitting in the back. The finish is long and the fruitiness follows along a long way down the line. When the oak finally gets to come through it’s a nice oakiness but it’s a bit generic. This is a great whisky with a lot of things to discover.

Additional information
This was rebranded and relaunched in 2015. It’s aged in a combination of first fill, second fill and refurbished newly toasted american ex-bourbon barrels.

Tomintoul With a Peaty Tang

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a pleasant mix of butterscotch, vanilla and a toned down savory peat smoke coming through as a cohesive center. When the initial impact resides a hint of marzipan and a slightly metallic note is also detectable. It feels young and slightly harsh. The butterscotch note increases in intensity over time. This is a decent nose for a budget whisky.

Taste: It starts out very mild and approachable with the sweetness, with notes of honey, butter and toffee as the most prominent feature. There’s also fresh oak and a heathery peat layer that covers the mouth. Some oak spices show up after a short while and bring some walnuts along. It’s still coming through as quite young.

Finish: A very mild mint develops over the sweetness. Some assorted green fruits shows up quite unexpectedly underneath. The vanilla and butterscotch notes follow along but die rather quickly. A hint of bitterness shows up in late in the finish together with the oakiness. It’s a short finish with a mild floral peat note lingering when everything else disappears. This is a decent budget whisky. It’s a bit flat and uneventful but There are som nice flavours presented.

Additional information
The peaty tang is a mix between 6 YO peated whisky (55ppm) and older unpeated whiskies. It’s matured in refill ex-bourbon barrels.

Glen Garioch 12 YO

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. Vanilla and honey creates a warm and comforting center. On the outside there’s a combination of black liquorice and anise root. Dark and dried fruit notes from the sherry, mainly raisins and ripe plums, sit all the way out on the edges. It’s quite dusty and the maltiness comes through as a bread note somewhere in the back. This is a quite complex and interesting nose.

Mouth: The first thing to come up is a bright fruitiness. Red berries and lemon are followed by a nice spicyness. It’s still quite dusty and the vanilla is still in there. The honey sweetness is reduced compared to the nose. It’a quite dense and malty. The raisins comes through after a while when the fruitiness becomes darker. A bitterness grows slowly on the edges and after a while it reveals the oakiness. The sherry notes move forward with time in the glass.

Finish: A layer of dust lies on top of the now clear dark sherry notes. It’s black grapes, ripe plums and raisins together with black liquorice. It’s still malty and dense and the bread note reappears. The oak arrives late, but when it does it comes with some great flavours such as walnuts and dark chocolate. There’s even a nice little touch of tropical fruits.

Additional information
This 12 YO was released as a core range whisky in 2010. It’s aged in a combination of american ex-bourbon oak barrels and ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfilitered and has natural colour.

Ben Nevis 10 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and acidic. At first there’s a strong vinegar note with a honey and vanilla base close behind. There’s a floral quality to it, but it’s like a generic air freshener scent. There is a dirty rubbery peatiness covering the edges of the glass which gives it an interesting touch. There’s also an IPA note to be found as well as notes of lemon peel. This is kind of an odd nose. It’s not bad, but it’s kind of protruding and sharp. It does settle a bit with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and malty with bitter and sour notes coming through. In the middle sits a speck of dust, wet hay, honey and vanilla. On the edges there are lemon peel and in between the IPA maltiness and the dirty rubbery note reside. A touch of chilli spicyness builds up after a few seconds. The vinegar and the floral notes are not as pronounced as on the nose, but the floral notes do sit like a thin cloud over everything else.

Finish: Honey and dry soil are immidiately pushed forward and covers most of the other flavours for a couple of seconds. When they settle the rubbery note reveals itself together with lemon and a very nice oakiness. It’s grey and old sun-dried wood with a touch of hazelnuts. The finish is very long and when everything else settle there’s a realization that the floral notes are still creating a thin cloud above everything else. This is a great whisky with a so-and-so nose.

Additional information
The cask types used in this 10 YO from Ben Nevis aren’t disclosed and there’s not much information to be had regarding this whisky.

Tomatin 14 YO – Port Casks

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweetness and dark fruits. There are raisins and vanilla with a minty overlay. Behind that there are notes of honey and sweet liquorice which create a nice depth and richness. Black grapes show up after a while and they come through somewhere in the middle of the vanilla note. The liquorice is moving forward and becomes darker and more concentrated. There is a brighter fruitiness showing up in the back with a hint of green apples. This is nice and quite complex.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet and peppery. The fruitiness comes through, at first bright then moving towards the dark side. Ripe plums are now added to the raisins and black grapes. The sweetness is dark syryp. A savory and ”rubbery” note is sitting in the dead center of everything and it’s surrounded by vanilla and raisins. After a few seconds it turns a bit bitter when the dry oak comes through.

Finish: A minty breeze pass by before a thick sweetness with syryp and honey takes over. The fruitiness is consistant throughout with the same notes coming through. There’s still a savory note in the middle. The oak is dry and dusty with a chalky texture and taste. There’s a nice amount of bitterness and some hazelnuts. And as a surprise, a tobacco note is found at the very end.

Additional information
This was added to the core range in 2014 and is matured in american ex-bourbon oak barrels for 12-13 years and finished in first fill Tawny port pipes for up to 2 years.

Old Pulteney 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and coastal. The first impact comes from ripe apples and lemons with a backdrop of honey and vanilla. There’s an outer layer of coastal notes like ocean air and sea salt. There’s also black liquorice floating around somewhere in between. A thin note of the oak is coming through very early. This is mild, but has a nice contrasting character which makes it a very nice nose.

Mouth: It starts out with sweet butterscotch and honey. The ripe apples are next to come through together with a dusty note. It’s not as fruity as on the nose. The coastal notes are still a nice feature and there’s also a medicinal iodine note surrounding everything on the outside. The black liquorice slowly appears and moves forward with time. The oak is noticable, but it stays in the back and never really moves forward.

Finish: Lemons and apples come up in a spike before the sweeter butterscotch and honey notes return. The apples disappear, but the lemons stay when the coastal notes start to take over. They do so together with a dry driftwood oakiness. It’s grey oak planks with a slightly nutty side to it, which is close to the taste of brazil nuts. The liquorice note stays for a long time down the line. This is a well made whisky with a lot to offer despite the low ABV. The contrasting flavours makes this a nice experience.

Additional information
This expression is aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels. The biggest part of the barrels used are second fills.

Oban Distiller’s Edition 2006/2020

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

Tasting notes
(These tasting notes are from the 2005/2019 Edition. They will be updated soon)

Nose: This is dry and fruity. At first a dark, sweet fruitiness with honey, overripe dark fruits and liqeuer-soaked cherries covers everything else. After a few seconds the sweetness subsides and the fruitiness becomes a bit brighter and some peaches and grapes start to come through. There’s a minerality to it and the background notes are somewhat medicinal. With time in the glass there’s a vanilla note popping up somewhere behind the fruitiness. This is a very pleasant nose with some complexity to it.

Mouth: It starts out with a touch of spicyness and a medicinal note. It’s not especially sweet and the honey note is not able to push through. It’s quite dry and a hefty coffee and dark chocolate bitterness fills the background. There’s still a minerality within and the fruitiness is now very repressed as well. The bitterness is dominating the palate and it feels like it’s surpressing the oakiness at this stage.

Finish: An initial sweet honey and vanilla note pass by quickly and leaves room for the bitter notes and a nutty walnut oakiness. It’s very dry and slightly astringent. The fruitiness is almost entirely gone and the finish is all about coffee, oak and dark chocolate. The medicinal side of it remain all through the finish though, and in the late finish there’s a tiny smoky and sulfury note residing behind everything else. This is a great whisky with a surprisingly complex profile.

Additional information
This Distiller’s Edition is aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished for at least 6 months in european ex-Montilla Fino sherry casks.

The Deveron 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruits and soft toffee. There’s a bright fresh fruitiness with apples, pears, green grapes and just a slight hint of grapefruits. It rests on a base of toffee and/or butterscotch. Vanilla and honey is in there, but they are just fillers in between the other flavours. The whole thing is covered in a thin aura of eucalyptus.

Mouth: It starts out very mild but quickly turns to a sour lemon and a small spicy note. Butterscotch comes rolling in and it brings some oakiness along. The fruitiness is a long way back and it’s not as bright as on the nose. The oakiness and the butterscotch are divided equally and it makes it a bit bland. It turns more towards honey as time passes in the glass. This is a bit disappointing compared to the nose.

Finish: It sort of just disappears. After a few seconds the eucalyptos note returns and the oakiness comes through again. The oakiness is nice and there’s no astringency. There’s a thin note of walnuts and a touch of anise coming through. After a while the butterscotch and honey start to make themselves noticed and it somewhat changes character. In the end, there’s a chalk note covering the oak. This is very mild and an easy sipper.

Additional information
This is an expression from the MacDuff Distillery released in 2015 as a part of Dewar’s ”Last Great Malts of Scotland” series. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels”.

AnCnoc 24 YO

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

Tasting notes
Nose: A row of old and dusty leather books and a dense, thick fruitiness are the main focal points. There’s black liquorice, raisins and a mix of red ripe fruits and berries. The sherry cask influence is strong, but there’s vanilla and honey notes coming through from the bourbon barrels used. It’s not overly sweet and the differences complement each other very well.

Mouth: The sweet and spicy arrival comes with a base of black coffee bitterness. The old leather books is still present and the oak arrives after a few seconds. It’s very dusty and the astringency increases with every sip. There’s still a black liquorice note but the vanilla and honey has disappeared and the dark fruits have taken a step back.

Finish: It’s still pleasantly spicy and the musty dark fruit notes (raisins and now also almost molten plums) come forward. It’s still very dusty and the leather note is still present and creates a red thread throughout. The oakiness comes with black coffee and walnuts. It’s like old and grey, weathered wood planks. The astringency increases, and in the tail end of a very long finish it switches over and releases an assorted tropical fruit note. It really shows it’s age all the way through.

Additional information
This was distilled at the Knockdu distillery in 1992 and aged in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.