Glenmorangie Lasanta

Glenmorangie Lasanta

Glenmorangie Lasanta

46% ABV, £35-45 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

What they say:

Elegant but full bodied this whisky has spent ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain.

Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion, a reminder not just of the Spanish provenance of these Oloroso sherry butts, but also a reflection of this expressions lusciously soft texture and deep, enticingly sweet aroma. Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.

Aroma: Warm spices mix with smooth chocolate covered raisins, honeycomb and caramel toffee.

Taste: Deliciously sweet sherry flavoured sultanas, orange segments, walnuts and butterscotch combine to create complex warm spices.

Finish: Long and satisfying finish with spiced orange and chocolate covered hazelnuts.

Colour: Light russet

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What I say:

Our journey through the Glenmorangie Pioneering collection stops short at the Glenmorangie Lasanta (having previously bought a bottle and reviewed the port finished Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban). The Lasanta represents the staple Glenmorangie Sherry-Finished expression.

Colour:

Ruby Amber

Nose:

Dunnage warehouses, old musty wood, fruity strawberry and other berry fruits with a generous helping of light leather tannins

Taste:

Initially fruity with oodles of red fruits direct from the sherry, this calms down  and moves into malty milk chocolate and toffee, with elements of oaky wood and tannic leather or suede before more fruitiness returns with a honeyed sweetness.

Finish:

Drying tannic leather, more darker fruits and a hint of spicy ginger creeps in at the end

Would I buy it again:

Probably, we are quite partial to sherry-matured and sherry-finished whiskies here at The Whiskyphiles. This one effortlessly brings in a lot of the ‘good’ sherry elements (fruit, tannins, chocolate) but stops short at the great (nutty, cocoa and coffee) whilst being unhindered by the rubbery and sulphuric notes that sometimes come along for the ride. A pleasurable dram and good sippin’ whisky – don’t expect it to make you think too hard, but be pleasantly surprised at its grace.

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

46% ABV, £35-£40 for 70cl

Score: 82/100

What they say:

Great to see French casks that actually complement a whisky – so rare! An exercise in outrageously good sweet-dry balancing” – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010

It is here, in hand selected wine barriques from Sauternes: the most famous and ancient sweet wine growing region of France, that this whisky develops its rich, spicy and dessert-like flavours. Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.

Aroma: Lime and orange rind, sultanas and dates give a rich fruity flavour laced with tantalising spices of coconut and nutmeg.

Taste: Ginger, nutmeg and toasted almonds bring a deep, warming taste interwoven with a syrupy lemon meringue and honeycomb middle.

Finish: Long and lusciously sweet finish with lemon zest, white chocolate, vanilla and traces of ginger and nutmeg.

Colour: Honeyed gold

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What I say:

The second dram from the Glenmorangie Pioneering collection was the Nectar D’Or, essentially 10 Years Old finished in French Sauternes Dessert Wine Barriques.

Colour:

Peachy gold

Nose:

Lemon citrus, limoncello, sour followed by honey sweet, lemon sauce (like Cantonese lemon chicken), leafy and honey

Taste:

Less silky than the Glenmorangie 10 Year old this has more of a watery then syrupy texture in the mouth, full of lemon-puff biscuits, lemon cream and cereal barley, tarte aux poires avec crème anglais (pear tart and vanilla custard – sounds much tastier in French)

Finish:

Drying and sweet, a little astringency, and a lemony citrus that is ascerbic almost to the point of acetic at the end

Would I buy it again:

I’m not sure, there are plenty of nice elements in this but overall too sweet and sour for my tastes. Unusual as I usually surprise myself with how much I warm to Sauternes finished whiskies. I’d rather save my money and opt for the Glenmorangie 10 Years Old over the Nectar D’Or.

Glenmorangie 10 Years Old

Glenmorangie 10 Years Old

Glenmorangie 10 Years Old

40% ABV, £25-£35 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

What they say:

The original expression of our elegant, floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie Original is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks.

It is here, maturing for ten long years in a range of ex-bourbon casks such as our famous slow-grown and air-dried ‘designer casks’ from Missouri, that our raw spirit develops a perfect balance between sweetness and complexity. Resulting in a mature spirit that is soft, mellow and creamy. Perfect for enjoying at any time.

Colour: Pale lemony gold

Aroma: The scent of citrus and ripening peaches is softened by the aroma of vanilla.

Taste: First, vanilla is detected on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness.

Finish: About a minute after tasting, you are left with a clean and salving aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.

Glenmorangie Pioneering Collection

What I say:

We have previously bought and finished a bottle of Glenmorangie’s 10 Year Old (sixteen men of Tain version) long before we started the blog. I received this 10cl as part of the Pioneering Collection – perfect for trying out this the base 10 year old and the subsequent finished 12 year olds in Sauternes, Sherry or Port casks.

Colour:

Full gold

Nose:

Lemony citrus, grassy, sweet honey, heather, malted cereal barley and butterscotch

Taste:

Silky, toffee, sweet honey, juicy fruits dominate such as tangerine and pear, cereal and vanilla

Finish:

Sweet and smooth, honey and fruits with a little ginger and pink grapefruit

Would I buy it again

Yes, I have developed a real respect for the 10 year old from Glenmorangie. It is incredibly smooth and drinkable. It is enjoyably not too sweet or challenging. Heather honey and fruits dominate in what is quite a subtly complicated whisky. Always room for more of this on my whisky shelf.

Water of Life Society 27/03/2014 – Annual General Meeting

Water of Life Society 27/03/2014

Annual General Meeting

The 27th March 2014 saw the AGM for the society. Due to the presence of UN observers making sure all voting was performed in a truly democratic way, this weeks whiskies were provided ad libitum for £1 a dram.

As the President and generally boss of everything, Christy secured a spectacular line-up so that the only complaints were about being spoiled for choice. From the word go some bottles drained much more rapidly than others. So the plan seems to have been

1. Drink

2. Have a great time

3. …why were we here again…

4. Drink some more

2 or 7 or something… put my hand up for what!?! oh yeah vote!

The whiskies on offer were as follows (in no particular order):

Auchentoshan Virgin Oak, 46% ABV

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To the eye: Deep sienna orange

To the nose: Cinnamon and nutmeg, toasted vanilla and candied orange.

To the tongue: Spiced apple, smooth chocolate caramel, maple candy and a velvety mouthfeel.

To the end: Warm with spiced orange and brown sugar.

Balvenie 12 Years Old Triple Cask, 40% ABV – Score 78/100

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Colour: Dark amber gold

Nose: Manuka honey, apple

Palate: Sweet, honey, toffee, fruity sherry

Finish: Short-medium, sour and sweet

Autumn mellow, with scents of bruised apples, dried herbs, sherry and sandalwood. A dry nose, but a sweet and spicy taste and a warming finish.

Fettercairn Fior, 42% ABV – Score 79/100

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“Fior means pure or true in Gaelic, and this no-age-statement bottling launched in summer 2010 is something of a rebirth for the much-maligned Fettercairn distillery. Described by the producers as tasting of dark chocolate, coffee beans and peat smoke, with nutmeg, mint, citrus fruits and truffle. The finish is said to be of sherry trifle, marzipan and pineapple.” – The Whisky Exchange

Bain’s Cape Mountain Single Grain, 43% ABV

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Previously reviewed here

Longrow 18 Years Old Heavily Peated, 46% ABV – Score 84/100

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A double distilled, heavily peated single malt from Springbank, Longrow was first created as an experiment to make a peated whisky in Campbeltown, but today it has become very popular, thanks to its brazen, muscular character.

Colour: Amber / full gold

Nose: Apple peels, and smoke. Earthy peat, damp leaves, notes of truffle, woodshed, porridge oats and soot.

Palate: Peaty with notes of spicy. Very oily, with hints of orange zest, pepper and chili. Very “big”. Kippers, smoked meats and honey.

Finish: Spicy and oily, with notes of dark, earthy peaty.

Talisker Dark Storm, 45.8% ABV – Score 79/100

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Deep, brooding, amber with blackened copper lights. As with other Taliskers, Dark Storm is bottled at 45.8% (the old 80° Proof). A rich nose with sweet malt and butterscotch top-notes, backed by seaweed strewn beaches, brine, polished leather, moist ginger fruit cake and a whiff of peat-smoke. Somewhat nose-drying in effect. A sweet and distinctly salty taste, with herbal notes and a warming, lightly smoky finish, after a chilli-pepper kick as you swallow. Lingering salt, smoke and spice in the aftertaste. Becomes more leathery with a dash of water; still some cereal/cake notes, and after a while sweet seaweed. A soft mouthfeel and a sweet and salty taste. Both smoke and chilli are reduced, but still apparent.

Kilkerran work in progress (Batch #3 we though?), 46% ABV – Score 76/100

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Colour: Golden barley.

Nose: Spicy buns! Cardamon, cinnamon, heather honey, butter toffee with a slight savory note of toffee popcorn.

Palate: Like a silky smooth melted honey comb chocolate bar. Fruitiness present as crisp and very sweet red apples. Incredibly rich and buttery, like gingerbread cookie dough, yet fresh with hints of clover and freshly cut summers grass.

Finish: Alluring and warm… a great summers evening dram that leaves you licking your lips for more.

The Results

Although voting was fierce, the final outcome of the elections were as follows (i.e. the new committee is):

President – Richard Kuo
Vice President – Sanna Sjogren
Treasurer – Josef Svoboda
Secretary – Thomas McEntee
Deal Broker – Dominic Lynch
Communications Officer – Barry Bradford

Deanston 19 Year Old – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

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Deanston 19 Year Old – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

53.4% ABV, was £59.95 for 70cl – no longer available or £4.80 for 3cl drinks by the dram

Score: 85/100

What they say:

This was distilled at the Deanston distillery on the 16th December 1992. It then spent 19 full years in a single refill hogshead before we bottled it on the 20th November 2012. 260 bottles were drawn from the cask.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Peppermint cream chocolate followed by spearmint with a little fresh-ground coffee and cocoa powder for richness on the nose.

Palate: Peppermint on the first sip, but oaky vanilla and firm malt are the main characters which play off one another with exceptional balance. Beyond this there are elegant notes of exotic spice, kiwi fruit and double cream.

Finish: The finish is incredibly long with notes of Bourbon cask spice, rich toffee and rhubarb crumble in equal quantities.

Overall: This Deanston is a minty dram with a chocolatey richness and subtle notes of juicy fruits beneath this. A grand showing from this Highland single malt.

Deanston 19 Years Old MoM

What I say:

The second of my brace of Indie bottled Deanston’s was obtained from Master of Malt, as it is their own cask strength bottling of a refill bourbon hogshead matured for 19 years.

Colour:

Light to full gold (a little more colour than the TBWC Batch #2)

Nose:

Tangy citrus, tangerine, ginger, cereal, vanilla, woody

Taste:

Toffee, creamy, honey, malty cereal, faint gingerbread, becomes a little spicy, kiwi fruit, warm buttered toast with honey and ginger jam/marmalade and a little spearmint

Finish:

Medium/short with woody oak and brown sugar

Would I buy it again:

If it were available, this is quite a complex dram from MoM. The complexity grows and evolves indicating the depth of body and character and the age all wrapped up in here. With time a little of the kiwi and spearmint creeps out in both nose and palate, but underneath is that full-bodied cereal flapjack that I love Deanston for.

Deanston – Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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Deanston – Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

49.6% ABV, £59.95 for 50cl or £5.83 for a 3cl drinks by the dram

Score: 81/100

What they say:

Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s bottling of Deanston single malt features a comic book-style label showing the stills being installed at the cotton mill where Deanston made its home in the 1960s. A pair of hippies watch as this happens, sat on the roof of their camper van alongside the River Teith, which powers the distillery with a turbine and dam. Groovy! Batch 2 is a release of 248 bottles

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Marmalade leaps out at you, then Shreddies, before lime and fresh orange develop with barley, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, even some coconut, all with a slightly green edge.

Palate: Into mint now, greengages, toasted oak and delicious, nutty white chocolate.

Finish: Long with coffee, oats, fresh fruit and a little more subtle mint.

Overall: A right groovy Deanston. It’s mint.

Deanston Batch 2 TBWC

What I say:

As a big fan of Deanston distillery, which we are fortunate enough to visit often, I wanted to try out some of the Independent bottlings that were available. The first of these was bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company and is their second batch bottling.

Colour:

Light gold

Nose:

Citrus apples and peaches, cereal and vanilla, quite closed on the nose apart from the initial citrus hit

Taste:

Warm peach melba tart with thick vanilla custard, delicate fruits such as stewed apple, a little honey sweetness, grapefruit pith and zest but no spice, overall a little oily

Finish:

Long and warming with fading fragrant fruits and honey sweetness over oat flapjacks

Would I buy it again:

Overall pleasant but something didn’t quite come together in this one for me. Perhaps it was that citrus (or mint according to MoM) element, which was quite pervading. Apart from that their was a good solid base of Deanston spirit and some lovely bourbon cask influences in the mix. Perhaps the cask used was a little tired as this one doesn’t feel quite finished to me.

Glenrothes 1998 Vintage

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Glenrothes 1998 Vintage

43% ABV, £49.95 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

What they say:

The Vintage 1998 is the next Core Vintage to follow the Vintage 1991 and 1994. It is the first of the vintages that we have bottled that was expressly laid down at origin to be bottled as Glenrothes on maturity and as such has a greater availability of stock than any of the previous bottlings.

This is also Gordon Motion’s first bottling as Malt Master and he describes it as: “It’s said that pictures speak a thousand words and this is like Carmen Miranda’s hat in a bottle. Tropical fruits lead with pineapple and mango developing into sweet bananas, coconut and classic Glenrothes vanilla pods.”

Appearance: Medium golden, clear and bright

Bouquet: Rich, spicy vanilla, golden syrup and lemongrass

Palate: Soft, mature, sweet vanilla with a hint of cinnamon

Finish: Smooth, long, rich vanilla

Glenrothes SR & 1998 Vintage

What I say:

Glenrothes for me is like buses, you wait for ages and then two come along at once! We picked up both these 10cl hand-grenade miniatures during a recent visit to Glenturret distillery. Glenturret and Glenrothes are both owned by the Edrington Group (along with Highland Park and Macallan, though not Tamdhu any more since it was sold to Ian Mcleod Distillers Limited) and so there is a good chance that some Glenrothes ends up in Famous Grouse blends also.

This 1998 vintage was distilled 17/12/1998 and bottled 11/02/2009

Colour:

Gold

Nose:

Sweet lemon citrus, barley malt, estery banana and green apples

Taste:

Malted barley, vanilla, cinnamon, barley sugar sweets, apple crumble and creamy vanilla custard, sweet lemon, like limoncello liqueur

Finish:

Short, lemon barley sugar and sweet

Would I buy it again:

Pleasant dram, smooth and sweet and a little lemony, but for me not as much bang per buck as the Glenrothes Select Reserve on which I would rather spend my money.

Glenrothes Select Reserve

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Glenrothes Select Reserve

43% ABV, £32 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

What they say:

John Ramsay, our Malt Master, has crafted a selection of The Glenrothes which typifies the distillery house character – ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and hints of spice.

The Select Reserve is a first for us. A non-Vintage-specific selection carefully chosen by John and produced to the same high quality standards as The Glenrothes Vintage selections; only here we select and vat from casks from different years.

Produced to the same exacting quality standards as the Vintages, Select Reserve is a vatting of casks distilled in different years.

It has been crafted to typify all that is The Glenrothes in its early prime. What we call the ‘House Style’. Laden with ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and hints of spice, the Select Reserve is the essence, the very heart of The Glenrothes range in terms of taste and flavour. From this expression all other Vintages are born.

Appearance: Pale golden

Bouquet: American oak, vanilla and coconut, hint of plums

Palate: Full malty flavour, medium sweet, vanilla and orange zest

Finish: Long and slightly spicy

What I say:

Glenrothes is a little bit of an enigma whisky for us. I see it every week on the supermarket shelf and yet I have never gotten round to picking it up and buying it. This just keeps happening week after week. Perhaps it is just the fact that our supermarket never seems to discount this whisky and so others keep coming before it as I can’t resist a bargain. Glenrothes itself seems to be an enigma too, perhaps it is living just south of the Kingdom of Fife with its historical seat of the Scottish parliament in the historic town of Glenrothes that seems to confuse everyone round these parts so much. The distillery Glenrothes lies in the glen of the river Rothes in the highlands, in particular the Speyside region in whisky terms and has no connection with the town in Fife! The only historical link comes from the fact that the town in Fife was on land owned by the earl of Rothes, and so the Fife town had the prefix ‘Glen’ added to it to avoid confusion with the town of Rothes in Moray. (perfectly clear!?!)

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Colour:

Gold

Nose:

Pancake batter or sponge cake mixture, sweet sugars and vanilla

Taste:

Vanilla, vanilla icing, sponge cake, slight zesty orange and apple juice, pancakes (sugar, flour, milk and eggs)

Finish:

Sweet smooth and delicate of reasonable length

Would I buy it again:

So finally sampling the Glenrothes and I’m wondering why I haven’t before! This is a very enjoyable, supple, lovely dramming whisky full of delicate vanilla flavours with a little zesty fruits. Reasonably complex and medium bodied, just enough to keep it interesting but so cleverly constructed you could sit and drink it without being challenged to think about it too much either. I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be looking out for more.

Water of Life Society (WoLS) meeting 20/03/2014 – Whisky & Beer

Water of Life Society (WoLS) meeting 20/03/2014

Whisky & Beer

This week in conjunction with Eden Brewery we were treated to whisky & beer combinations. Even better – thanks to Eden Brewery’s small batch finishing process we were also treated to some of their finest examples of whisky cask matured beer!

Whisky 1: Imperial 18 Years Old, 1995 (Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered)

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46% ABV, £41.95 for 70cl available at Royal Mile Whiskies (here)

Score: 85/100; Nose, Vanilla; Palate, Fruity vanilla and coconut cream, mild and delicate; Finish, Short. Bottled in February 2014 at 18 Years Old, the old Imperial Distillery is now demolished but the owners Chivas Brothers aim to build a new replacement soon.

Situated at Carron just across the river from Dailuaine distillery, Imperial was built by Thomas Mackenzie in 1897. Constructed with Aberdeen red brick within a framework of iron beams to a Charles Doig design, the distillery is an attractive sight when strolling along the Speyside Way. Imperial came under the ownership of DCL in 1925 and was closed for a spell until 1955. Its fortunes improved in 1965 with the doubling of its number of stills from two to four, but in 1985 the distillery was closed, before being bought by Allied Distillers in the same year. Imperial has been mothballed since 1998.

Beer 1: Oak Wood Series – Bourbon Barrel

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6.7% ABV, £2.50 for 330ml available from Eden Brewery (here)

Score: 91/100; Palate, Toffee, chocolate and vanilla with banana and coconut. Eden Brewery’s beer is interred at ~5%ABV into ex-bourbon barrels, reputedly 2 x Jack Daniels and 2 x Heaven Hill barrels were used for this batch of ~1500 bottles which had grown to 6.7% after 57 days maturation

Rich, smooth, malty and sweet. With a full body.

A rich, smooth and malty aroma with hints of chocolate malt and a layer of sweet vanilla. The palate is extremely full-bodied and creamy; with caramel, toffee and chocolate bitterness interacting to provide a well balanced and smooth flavour. This then fades to sweet vanilla notes with an underlying suggestion of toasted oak character.

Whisky 2: Benrinnes 18 Years Old Provenance, 1997 (Douglas Laing & Co.)

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46% ABV, £54.95 for 70cl available at Royal Mile Whiskies (here)

Score: 87/100; Colour, Full Gold; Nose, Toffee, delicate cinnamon and vanilla; Palate, Waxy, cinnamon and cinder toffee, honeycomb, fudge and pineapple cubes,; Finish, long with deep sugary oak wood.

Benrinnes is a whisky that is traditionally incorporated into many different blends. This independent bottling from Douglas Laing is an excellent example of a very unusual single malt. Bottled for Winter 2013.

Beer 2: Oak Wood Series - Whisky Barrel

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7% ABV, £2.50 for 330ml available from Eden Brewery (here)

Score: 92/100; Palate, Toffee, Fizzy, Red fruits, European Oak & tannic sherry influences. This time the beer has been interred into ex-Highland single malt whisky casks and sherry butts. Reputedly using ex 2nd refill casks from distilleries such as The Macallan, Old Pulteney and Glencadam. A 94 day maturation results in an increase to 7% ABV from 5% originally.

Gentle hop aroma with flavours of honey and toasted oak spice.

A subtle balance of gentle hop aroma with more powerful hints of honeyed sweetness and toasted oak spice on the nose. These flavours deepen on the palate, mixing with a gentle peatiness which results in a full-bodied, warming and complex beer. A gentle smokiness develops as these flavours mellow, leaving the soft peaty notes to linger with mild hints of honey.

Whisky 3: Finlaggan Islay Malt

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40% ABV, £27.95 for 70cl available at Royal Mile Whiskies (here)

Score: 82/100; Colour, Gold; Nose, Sweet peaty and malty; Palate, Young and feisty malt with sherry fruits; Finish, Medium with sweet Icing sugar and peat.

A mystery single malt from Islay, much loved by the Swedish peat fans, and also Jim Murray.

Beer 3: Clock Brew

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4.3% ABV, £1.88 for 330ml available from Eden Brewery (here)

Score: 88/100; Palate, Treacle, peppery citrus and liquorice.

A classic Scottish red ale with a hint of pepperiness and hops up front giving way to a smooth multi layer finish.

On the wall of a traditional old mill building proudly sits an icon. Our clock, right here at the Eden Brewery. Our inspired Clock brew blends Pale and Dark Crystal malts with Concerto barley from fields to the west of Cupar. The hops include Bobek, Summit, Cascade and First Gold. The result is a traditional Scottish beer with hints of pepper, spice and a hoppy flavour.

Whisky 4: Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

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50% ABV, £44.95 for 70cl available at Royal Mile Whiskies (here)

Score: 88/100; Colour, Rose gold; Nose, Malted barley and treacle toffee followed by seaweed and peat smoke; Palate, Meaty maple-smoked bacon and peaty but also sweet with vanilla and toffee; Finish, Medium length and somewhat cleansing and refreshing.

Every grain of barley used in the creation of this excellent whisky has been grown in Scotland and peated to a hefty 40ppm giving it a unique and full flavour.

Beer 4: Aristeuein Islay Oak Aged

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7.2% ABV, £2.50 for 330ml available from Eden Brewery (here)

Score: 98/100; Palate, Treacle toffee, heavy with a dusty ashen but not acrid peatiness, earthy, smooth and full-bodied;

Beer Heaven! or what Guinness should taste like. Following 99 days maturation in ex-Ardbeg barrels this beer has risen to 7.2% ABV and also become imbued with a peaty smoothness – perhaps not to everyone’s taste, this rang my bell!

Strong peat-smoke immediately on the nose, with subtle hints of sweetness. Fresh, red-berry flavours mix with chunky, phenolic notes to give this Islay cask beer a balanced, complex and powerful body.

A strong oaky character fades to leave peaty embers on the palate.

Cù Bòcan Limited Edition 1989 Vintage released by Tomatin

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Cù Bòcan Limited Edition 1989 Vintage released by Tomatin

Available: 1080 bottles available worldwide except USA from 14th April 2014

Price: RRP £199.99 per 70cl bottle

Cask Type: Matured in a Bourbon casks

Strength: Cask strength; 53.2%

Cù Bòcan 1989 Mood Shot

Following on from the launch of the standard batch release Cù Bòcan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky at the end of 2013, Tomatin are delighted to announce the release of their first limited edition expression for the range.

Casks 37470, 37471 and 37472 have been lurking quietly in Warehouse 9 at Tomatin Distillery since a rare and unintentional production of peated whisky at the distillery on 7th June 1989. Now the beast has been unleashed in this sweet and smoky rare edition of Cù Bòcan.

TASTING NOTES

This limited edition has been released at cask strength, non chill filtered and natural colour. The smoke is more prominent than in the standard edition but retains the instantly recognisable sweetness.

NOSE

The initial smoke is light, like distant burning kindling and has a heathery character which quickly gives way for fresh fruits – pear accompanied by citric lime zestand sweet pineapple. After time in the glass it becomes much sweeter with honey, vanilla, coconut and custard. Herbaceous notes of basil and rocket.

AROMA

The smoke and the floral heather notes are more prominent on the palate. Sweet abundance of fresh fruits; orange and grapefruit followed by blackberry and blueberry. Some ginger and clove spice is also hidden in the background.

FINISH

Very smooth with a long lasting earthy, yet sweet smoke.

 

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