News: New Whisky Releases 2016 Week 6

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News: New Whisky Releases 2016 Week 6

Wow what a line-up this week brings! A new distillery’s inaugural release in Ailsa Bay, Benromach’s 35 Year Old, the latest Octomore for peat-heads (though not me likely as I’m not that big a fan of Virgin Oaked single malt). On the world front we have a couple of tasty looking Michters, another sherry solist from Kavalan and also the latest release of the Yamazaki sherry cask (famously JM’s top whisky in 2013) will be big sellers, however my recommendation this month will go to the Springbank Local Barley 16 years old soon to be sold out in a whisky shop near you!! (be warned) – it might be easier trying to get hold of the Yamazaki!!!

Slainte,

Barry @TheWhiskyphiles

Ailsa Bay

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Ailsa Bay Single Malt

70cl, 48.90% £TBC

Benromach

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Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43% £419.95

Bruichladdich

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Bruichladdich Octomore 07.4 7 Year Old Virgin Oak

70cl, 61.20% £159.88

Càrn Mòr

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Glen Garioch 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 3728) – Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 57.50%

Chugoko Jozo

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Togouchi 18 Year Old (43.8%)

70cl, 43.80% £89.44

Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich Tasting Set

15cl, 40.60% £49.95

Hunter Laing

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Blair Athol 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12149) – Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50% £81.69

Kavalan

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Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Matured 57.8%

70cl, 57.80% £250.01

Langside

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Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (outturn: 374 bottles) – Hepburn’s Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46% £44.50

Michters

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Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye (54.6%)

70cl, 54.60% £85.31

Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon Limited Release

70cl, 45.70% £61.99

Springbank

Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength – 54.1%

70cl, 54.10% £48.95

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Springbank 16 Year Old Local Barley

70cl, 54.30% £94.95

Yamazaki

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Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

70cl, 48% £TBC

Elijah Craig 12 Years Old Small Batch Bourbon ~ 47% (Heaven Hill)

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Review: Elijah Craig 12 Years Old Small Batch Bourbon

Category: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Origin: Heaven Hill Distillery

Bottling: Official

ABV:  47%

Cost: £34.67 from Master of Malt

Score: 84/100

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What They Say:

Bottled exclusively from a dumping of 100 barrels or less, the brand carries the name of the Rev. Elijah Craig, the man who discovered the method of making true Kentucky Bourbon when he stored his wares in barrels that had been charred in a fire.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Quite thick and full. There is a beautiful sweetness with notes of toasty oak, toffee, spicy stewed fruits, a touch of resin and a lovely crème anglaise character.

Palate: Full and sublimely smooth with notes if stewed Bramley apples, malmsey, a touch of aniseed and a hint of spice.

Finish: Good length with toasty oak notes and a creamy sweetness.

Elijah Craig 12 Years Old Kentucky Bourbon

What I Say:

I picked this up for £25 under offer at a supermarket and what a bargain it was! Unfortunately Heaven Hill have dropped the age statement from this product and it is now just called Elijah Craig Small Batch, despite rumours they are planning to increase the barrel dump from 100 per batch to 200 per batch – read more about it from Fred Minnick.  Shame as since this purchase in early 2015, this has become my go to Bourbon and is often a warm-up or palate-testing dram in many of our tasting sessions.

Colour:

Dark copper/amber gold (12/20) light fine tears leave fine legs

Nose:

Highly polished wood, antique furniture shops, beeswax, oak wood, vanilla cream, Victoria sponge cake or Madeira cake, sweet honey, floral honeysuckle, freshly cooked pancakes with sugar, lemon juice and maple syrup

Taste:

Smooth, demerara sugar, honey, lemon juice, hints of milk chocolate, rich vanilla, crème brulee, a sprinkle of cinnamon spice, thick oaky wood with toffee and fudge, furniture polish and beeswax candles, toasted wholewheat bread and pancakes with maple syrup

Finish:

Medium, mildly spiced, and rich creamy toffee

Overall:

Very enjoyable, perhaps a touch lighter on the palate than you would expect from the nose, a beautiful richness of flavours.

News: New Whisky Releases 2016 Week 5

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News: New Whisky Releases 2016 Week 5

This weeks new whisky releases feature some new (to us) Independent bottlers. Of particular note the Single Malts of Scotland range from Speciality Drinks look on the face of it to be great value, well aged, single cask, cask strength examples that put some of the other bottlers to shame when comparing prices! Other than St George’s triple-distilled cask strength (Chapter 17) our recommendation this week is the 24 year old Longmorn from Speciality Drinks.

Slainte!

Barry @ The Whiskyphiles

Berry Bros & Rudd

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Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46% £56.21

Islay Reserve Blend (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46% £91.34

Douglas Laing

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Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) – Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40% £52.83

Edinburgh Whisky

New Town Blends – The Advocates Batch

70cl, 43% £33.00

Gordon & MacPhail

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Macallan 1970 – Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43% £699.95

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) – Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43% £34.00

Kavalan

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Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Matured

70cl, 58.60% £119.76

Knockando

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured

70cl, 43% £49.20

Lady of the Glen

Tobermory 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1237) – Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 56.20% £73.25

Macallan

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The Macallan Coronation Bottling – In Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation

70cl, 56.90% £1199.95

Mackmyra

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Motörhead Whisky

70cl, 40% £59.36

Master Of Malt

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Ben Nevis 21 Year Old 1994 – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.20% £156.95

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.50% £178.95

Scotland Grindlay

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Ben Nevis 18 Year Old 1997 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 52.60% £94.95

Speciality Drinks

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Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 896928) – Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 50.50% £79.95

Clynelish 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 932013) – Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 57.80% £99.90

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 191954) – Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 53.70% £94.95

Tobermory 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 660881) – Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 55.40% £89.95

St George’s Distillery

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English Whisky Co. Chapter 17 – Cask Strength

70cl, 56.70% £74.03

That Boutique-Y Whisky Company

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

50cl, 54.70% £114.95

The Macallan 2006 – Speymalt ~ 43% (Gordon & Macphail)

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Review: The Macallan 2006 – Speymalt

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: The Macallan Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Speymalt

ABV: 43%

Cost: £32.95 from The Whisky Exchange

Score: 86/100

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What they say:

Speymalt from Macallan Distillery

Distilled 2006, Strength 43%

COLOUR

Pale Gold.

Body

Medium.

Finish

Medium and creamy with a smooth milk chocolate finish.

Cask Type

1st Fill and refill Sherry Butts.

Style

Delicate Speyside dram.

Tasting Note

AROMA without water

Delicate Sherry influences with apricot, mango and lemon notes complemented by subtle beeswax polish aromas.

TASTE without water

Peppery with orange zest, kiwi and subtle charred oak flavours complemented by a creamy milk chocolate edge.

AROMA with water

Vanilla with red apple, leather and cocoa powder aromas complemented by hints of tobacco.

TASTE with water

Peppery initially with orange marmalade, green apple and milk chocolate flavours.

What I say:

Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. Distilled at The Macallan Distillery in 2006 and bottled 17/11/2015, this was matured for ~ 9 years in 1st Fill and refill Sherry Butts.

Colour:

Rich amber gold (10/20) quick medium thick legs

Nose:

Banana fritters in syrup, toasted/burnt oak wood, toffee, pineapple, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, plantain chips, cinder toffee, chocolate, ‘Crunchie’ chocolate bars

Taste:

Rich, silky, smooth, luxurious, banana and chocolate crème brulee, vanilla, malty barley, caramelised sugars, highland toffee, butterscotch, creamy and milky, vanilla, milk chocolate, cinder toffee – more ‘Crunchie’ bars

Finish:

Medium-length, touch of ginger spice, toffee and milk chocolate

Overall:

Lovely, lots of nice things in this dram, crunchie choclate bars and crème brulee with banana and chocolate influences, a real toasty wood flavour too.

Glenrothes 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

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Review: Glenrothes 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glenrothes Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – The MacPhail’s Collection

ABV: 43%

Cost: £29.91 from Master of Malt

Score: 81/100

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What they say:

The MacPhail’s Collection from Glenrothes Distillery

8 Years Old, Strength 43%

COLOUR

Pale Gold.

Body

Light.

Finish

Fairly short.

Cask Type

Refill Sherry Hogsheads and Refill Bourbon Barrels.

Style

Aperitif.

Tasting Note

AROMA without water

Toasted malt with fruit aromas, hints of green apples and fresh coconut. A subtle salty sea air is also present.

TASTE without water

Sweet with floral and fruit flavours, banana and lemonade, and a slight walnut edge.

AROMA with water

Light and fruity with hints of pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit. A vanilla pod aroma lingers.

TASTE with water

Chilli spice with hints of blackberries and raspberries. Creamy with a milk chocolate edge.

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What I say:

Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. This expression was distilled at the Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside and matured for a minimum of 8 years in both Refill Sherry Hogsheads and Refill Bourbon Barrels.

Colour:

Antique yellow gold (9/20), fast medium-thickness legs

Nose:

New paint/paint thinners, honey, barley malt, sweetness of golden syrup, fruity apple, pear, lemon zest, woody oak, citrus lemon juice, pancakes with lemon and sugar.

Taste:

Smooth and a little viscous/oily, buttery, lemon juice on pancakes, almost orange zestiness, thin marmalade, malty, lightly toasted brown bread, Weetabix/porridge oats, cereal barley malt, breakfasty

Finish:

Medium and zesty – a little heart-warming/spirit and vaporous with reflux a touch of vanilla on re-sampling

Overall:

Youth-full and direct, bitter-sweet lemons but quite refreshing and lively/zesty this ended up being relatively one-dimensional ‘lemon juice on pancakes’

 

Speyburn 1989 – Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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Review: Speyburn 1989 – Connoisseurs Choice

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Speyburn Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Connoisseurs Choice

ABV: 46%

Cost: £75.79 from Master of Malt

Score: 86/100

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What they say:

COLOUR

Dark Straw.

Body

Light.

Finish

Medium.

Cask Type

Refill Sherry Hogsheads.

Style

Delicate and well balanced.

Tasting Note

AROMA without water

Fresh and sweet with hints of pineapple and honey. A subtle menthol edge lingers.

TASTE without water

Peppery initially with banana, aniseed and milk chocolate flavours developing.

AROMA with water

Toasted malt with tropical fruits aromas. Hints of almonds and vanilla develop.

TASTE with water

Sweet and fruity with subtle spices. Orange and lemon flavours develop.

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What I say:

Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. Distilled in 1989 at Speyburn Distillery and bottled in 2013 after ~ 24 year maturation in Refill Sherry Hogsheads.

Colour:

Light straw gold (4/10), slow medium-zized droplet tears leave tapered medium-fine legs

Nose:

Heather honey – slightly spiced, golden syrup, estery and fruity with apple, pear, pineapple, plus citrus orange and lemon, cereal barley malt, violets both flower and parma violet sweeties and warm buttered toasted brown bread.

Taste:

Sweet and floral, honeysuckle, violet, rose, honey, golden syrup, warm buttered toast, slightly coppery metallic tang to it, lemon and orange – with the rose and violet and a touch of menthol mint/spearmint reminded us a little of real Turkish delight, nice and sweet rolled in icing sugar.

Finish:

Medium length, floral and sweet honeyed barley – a classic Speyburn

Overall:

Simply I noted: Very Nice! Note – although the sample bottle was labelled 1991, accompanying tasting notes confirmed this is in fact the 1989 bottled vintage.

Ardmore 1996 – Distillery Labels ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail)

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Review: Ardmore 1996 – Distillery Labels

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Ardmore Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Distillery Labels

ABV: 43%

Cost: £61.84 from Master of Malt

Score: 85/100

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What they say:

COLOUR

Dark Gold.

Body

Medium.

Finish

Long, smooth with hint of smoke.

Cask Type

Refill Sherry Hogsheads.

Style

Robust Highland Single Malt.

Tasting Note

AROMA without water

Rich Sherry influences with hints of stewed fruits and charred oak. A delicate smokiness develops in the background.

TASTE without water

Black pepper initially with green apple and ripe banana flavours. An underling peat smoke edge lingers.

AROMA with water

Hints of beeswax polish, red apple and plum initially. Complimented by a lingering menthol edge.

TASTE with water

Black cracked pepper with sweet strawberry and orange flavours. Complimented by cinnamon and a delicate trace of charred oak.

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)

What I say:

Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. Distilled in 1996 at the Ardmore Distillery and bottled in 2013 after ~ 17 year maturation in refill sherry hogsheads.

Colour:

golden amontillado amber (10/20) numerous medium tears leave medium-fine legs

Nose:

Sweet and fruity, apples, pears, oranges, peach, plum, vanilla, coconut, toffee, oak wood, fudge, butterscotch, molasses, beeswax, polish, wisps of smoke

Taste:

Oily and buttery, luxurious on the tongue, mellow fruit, peach melba, fruit cocktail – well integrated fruit flavours, fudge, leather, tannic tea, gentle peaty smoke and a touch of salted caramel.

Finish:

Medium-long, buttery and creamy highland fudge balanced with salt, peach and wispy smoke

Overall:

Possibly my most favourite Ardmore expression I have sampled. This is reserved and massively well-balanced with a great complexity presented in such a smooth and approachable palate. Very nice.

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

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Review: Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bunnahabhain Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – The MacPhail’s Collection

ABV: 43%

Cost: £30.25 from Master Of Malt

Score: 83/100

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What they say:

The MacPhail’s Collection from Bunnahabhain Distillery

Peated

8 Years Old, Strength 43%

COLOUR

Pale Gold.

Body

Medium.

Finish

Medium and smoky.

Cask Type

Refill Sherry Butts.

Style

Light Islay Dram.

Tasting Note

AROMA without water

Salty and sweet with an underlying smokiness. Cured meat aromas with cooking apples and dried figs.

TASTE without water

Smoky and sweet initially on the palate, with melon and apricot flavours and a milk chocolate edge.

AROMA with water

Sweet with hints of strawberry and mango. Salty sea air aroma with bonfire embers.

TASTE with water

Green apples with a touch of aniseed. Dried walnuts and cigar ash flavours linger.

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

What I say:

Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. This is an 8 year old heavily peated expression from the Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay matured in refill sherry butts.

Colour:

Golden refractive charddonay (6/20), fine droplet tears leave fine legs

Nose:

Sweet and peaty, milk & honey, hospital smell, antiseptic/clean, slightly phenolic, fruity, citrus, smokey bacon crisps, lactic, charred wood, fresh cut grass, mossy, maple-smoked bacon and clove oil. Pretty powerful stuff!

Taste:

Smooth cereal barley malt, honey, golden syrup, milk & cream, vanilla, TCP-like/germolene, fudge, butterscotch, charred bbq meats, wood-smoke, peat, toffee, treacle, new/fresh/spirit phenolics, raw and young.

Finish:

Medium-long peaty phenolic, acrid smoke – almost rubbery (burning tyres), sweet peanut and chewy gum arabic

Overall:

Great nose, young and a touch vitriolic on the palate – this one needs time in the glass and some air or water to tame that youthfulness! After that it is intense Islay peat all the way. Great and powerful dram for its age – I kinda liked this one!

 

 

Glenmorangie Private Edition Milsean ~ 46% (Moet-Hennessy)

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Review: Glenmorangie Private Edition Milsean

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glenmorangie Distillery

Bottling: Official – Moet-Hennessy

ABV: 46%

Cost: £75.95 from Master of Malt

Score: 87/100

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What they say:

Glenmorangie Milsean is the first Glenmorangie expression to be extra-matured in heavily toasted Portuguese red wine casks. Milsean (Scots Gaelic for ‘sweet things’), the seventh release in the award-winning Private Edition collection, draws on the effect of charred wine casks, unlocking an unusual dimension in extra maturation.

Created from Glenmorangie first matured in ex-bourbon oak casks, Glenmorangie Milsean (pronounced ‘Meel-shawn’) then spent a number of years in casks which had contained Portuguese red wine.  Yet before they were used to create a Glenmorangie Private Edition, the casks were involved in a pioneering experiment by Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation.  Dr Bill arranged for the casks to be charred to enhance the sweeter notes of Glenmorangie, which created a whisky with such attractive hints of sweetness, that it has surpassed even his expectations.

Dr Bill Lumsden said: “A glass of Glenmorangie Milsean transports me straight to an old-fashioned sweet shop with its sweet and spicy bouquet, with hints of sugar cane, ripe fruits and fudge. Extra-maturing Glenmorangie in heavily toasted red wine casks for the first time, has allowed us to create a whisky recalling a bygone era.  I hope its deep tastes of cherries, angelica, candied orange peel and unusual intensity of caramelised fruits, will surprise and delight whisky aficionados and malt connoisseurs.”

Bottled at 46% ABV, and non-chill filtered for extra body and texture, Glenmorangie Milsean will be available from specialist whisky shops worldwide, including The Whisky Exchange, Soho’s Vintage House, Selfridges and Royal Mile Whiskies from 19th January 2016 at £75.99.

Milsean will also be available at Brown’s Hotel London, as part of the hotel’s 10-day whisky pop-up in the Library Bar. In partnership with Beretta, Brown’s Hotel will transform the Library Bar into a Gaelic haven. Open from 20th – 29th January (from 6pm every evening), the pop-up will feature a display of around 40 whiskies, including drams from Glenmorangie. There will also be a whisky sommelier on hand to help you choose the perfect tipple.

Tasting Notes:

Glenmorangie Milsean is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. Glenmorangie Milsean is a copper beech-coloured single malt, with a sweet and spicy bouquet containing hints of sugar cane, ripe fruits candy sweetness and buttery coconut. Its complex, sugar-coated tastes include tart plummy fruit, cherries and candied orange peel, while its finish features ginger, brown sugar and cake mix.

The Glenmorangie Private Edition:

Glenmorangie’s Private Edition is an award-winning range which provides an annual opportunity for whisky connoisseurs and aficionados to experience a rare and intriguing single malt.  Glenmorangie Milsean marks the seventh release in this range.  Previous releases include Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX (IWSC 2010 Gold Medal); Glenmorangie Finealta (IWSC 2012 Gold Medal); Glenmorangie Artein (IWSC 2013 Gold Medal); Glenmorangie Ealanta (IWSC 2013 Gold Medal and World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2014); Glenmorangie Companta (San Francisco Spirit Awards Gold Medal 2014) and Glenmorangie Tùsail (ISC Gold Medal 2015).

Glenmorangie Milsean The Whiskyphiles

What I say:

Glenmorangie Milsean is another experimental batch expression from Dr Bill Lumsden, during which Glenmorangie spirit matured in ex-bourbon casks has been finished (or extra-matured) in Portugese red wine casks that have been heavily charred. The results is an unusually sweet but slightly fruity addition of flavours.

Colour:

Orange amber gold (9/20, numerous slow-forming fine tears leave ultra-fine legs

Nose:

Sweet! candyfloss, nougat, a brief whiff of acetone, toffee, Bakewell tart – almond essence, toasted flaked almonds, cherry jam, shortcrust pastry and sponge, light cereal barley flour, honey, golden syrup, vanilla sponge, coconut

Taste:

As the nose, this starts with a real fluffy candy-floss sweetness that reminds me of waiting by the candyfloss machine at the fairground as the sugar is spun onto a stick, Love Heart sweeties (chalky/sherbet/fruity), buttery highland toffee, sugared almonds, bitter marzipan/almond essence or oil, uncooked cake batter (flour/sugar/butter and eggs) with a hint of vanilla and coconut, Bakewell tart- almond essence, toasted flaked almonds, cherry jam, shortcrust pastry and sponge, golden syrup, crystallized ginger and demerara sugar.

Finish:

Medium length, sweet and touch of bitterness, a little like cherry sours almost artificial cherry and almond influences

Overall:

I really enjoyed this dram, though I have a sweet tooth and loved making Bakewell Tart as a child (as well as eating it!) – I think what reminds me of this the most s that crucial balance between the bitterness and sweet of both the cherry and almond components. Milsean is balanced to perfection and the result is sweet buttery and rich in flavour whilst keeping that ethereal silky-smooth Glenmorangie character. Delightful!

Thanks to Glenmorangie & Quercus Communications Ltd. for the official sample.

Glenmorangie Legends The Duthac ~ 43% (Moet-Hennessy)

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Review: Glenmorangie Legends The Duthac

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glenmorangie Distillery

Bottling: Official – Moet-Hennessy

ABV: 43%

Cost: £69.97 from Master of Malt

Score: 84/100

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What they say:

At the centre of the Royal Burgh of Tain, Ross-shire, in the far north of Scotland where the Glenmorangie Distillery has stood proudly since 1843, lies the resting place of St Duthac. During the Middle Ages, the legends of his workings drew travellers from far and wide on pilgrimages to the ancient burgh.

A whisky fit for a King, this expression honours the annual pilgrimage made by King James IV to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain, and is part of Glenmorangie Legends – a collection of single malt whiskies exclusive to Travel Retail, inspired by the legendary lands that have been home to the Glenmorangie Distillery since 1843.

Aroma:

Seductive aromas of pear, toffee apple, Brazil nuts in toffee, with an underlying spicy note, some toasty oak. With a splash of water, some creamy vanilla fudge is encountered, along with the classic Sherry cask note of linseed oil.

Taste:

Mouth-filling flavours of milk chocolate, toffee, Brazil nuts, leather and some aniseed. The spiciness is definite, but gentle, with hints of ginger and clove.

Finish:

The aftertaste once again reminds drinkers that this is a Glenmorangie, with vanilla, apricots in cream and some almond marzipan.

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What I say:

Glenmorangie ‘The Duthac’ thanks to Jon at Scotch and Sci-fi for organising a share of this one. Released in their Legends collection alongside Dornoch

Colour:

Copper amber gold (10/20) fine droplets tears loosen into medium legs

Nose:

Spiced gingerbread, sweet sticky & ginger toffee pudding, vanilla custard, mince pies, red fruits, plum, strawberry, putty/linseed oil, raspberry ripple ice-cream, perfumed, orange marmalade and tannic tea

Taste:

Smooth and silky, gently spiced ginger and clove, molasses, chocolate milk, malty cereal barley, crystallised ginger, brown sugar, malty and tannic, toffee oak wood, oaty porridge, vanilla, marzipan, sugared almonds, rum & raisin fudge

Finish:

Long, sweet and gentle, spiced, relaxed and smooth

Overall:

Very smooth and silky, just typical of that Glenmorangie long-necked still spirit nature, there is a nice amount of chocolate, vanilla and marzipan balanced by ginger spice. A relaxing experience, one to savour whilst unwinding.

Don’t take my word for it:

Read Jan’s comments at Best Shot Whisky Reviews

See what Whisky For Everyone thought

See Tom’s views at Tom’s Whisky Reviews

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