Springbank 12 Years Old 2004/2017 (57.1%, OB, Cage, R Sherry Butt, 1 Bottle)(4/24/2018)-Bitter and peaty thanks to the moderated cask maturation but still a mouthful of juicy dried fruits in here that brings this dram to life. Even the more "off" notes, metallic, liqourice and aniseed sort of belonged in this dram. The sort of whisky I'd describe as putting hairs on your chest, quiet invigorating or energizing this one. 86/100
Springbank 14 Years Old 2002/2017 (52.3%, OB, Cage, F Rum Barrel, 1 Bottle)(4/23/2018)-A touch spicier and more bitter, I did prefer the Hazelburn though not by much. This has some lovely funk and engine oil dirtiness I associate with Springbank but just enough sweetness from the spirit and the rum cask to keep it palateable. I feel the more rum-casked whiskies I have the less that Rum-cask maturation brings to the party - to the point I am not actively seeking any more. 83/100
New Whisky Releases: Week 16 2018(4/22/2018)-New Whisky Releases: Week 16 2018 Arran 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 12357) – Old Particular (Douglas Laing) £145.38 Auchroisk 19 Year Old 1998 (cask 14661) – The First Editions (Hunter Laing) […]
Tomatin Cask Strength (57.5%, OB, +/-2015)(4/17/2018)-Zesty but not overly exuberant or young, this carries water well and retains much of its complexity even when reduced. More wood than spirit characteristics perhaps reflecting the lighter nature of Tomatin. 83/100
Scotch Boom – Ardnamurchan Distillery(4/17/2018)-Part 5 of our Scotch Boom series looking at the trend for new Scotch Whisky Distilleries takes a look at Ardnamurchan Distillery. Thanks to their Managing Director Alex Bruce.
New Whisky Releases: Week 15 2018(4/15/2018)-New Whisky Releases: Week 15 2018 A bumper crop to pick from this week with lots of lovely looking Ben Nevis, Caol Ila and even an indie Pulteney at pocket money prices! […]
Scotch Boom – Annandale Distillery(4/11/2018)-
Part 4 of our Scotch Boom series looking at the trend for new Scotch Whisky Distilleries takes a look at Annandale Distillery. Thanks to Annandale distillery owner David Thomson.
BenRiach 12 Years Old Sherry Wood (46%, OB, +/-2016)(4/11/2018)-A great noser, this had a little more of a grapefruit and citric acidity on the palate than I expected but some lovely woody notes both tannins and spices that caress the palate and reward the finish. 84/100
Glenfiddich 12 Years Old (40%, OB, +/-2017)(4/9/2018)-A classic expression from Glenfiddich with a huge hit of fruity and fresh pears on the nose that travels throughout this whisky. Expertly constructed using American and Sherry oak casks. I love the slightly drying nature in the finish making me want to revisit the freshness on the nose again. 83/100
New Whisky Releases: Week 14 2018(4/9/2018)-New Whisky Releases: Week 14 2018 Armorik 6 Year Old 2011 Single Cask £83.98 A single cask Armorik from Brittany the last we had was really rather good (bottled for LMDW) BenRiach […]
Scotch Boom – Wolfburn Distillery(4/5/2018)-Part 3 of our Scotch Boom series looking at the trend for new Scotch Whisky Distilleries takes a look at Wolfburn Distillery. Thanks to Wolfburn Business Development Manager, Daniel Smith.
Hazelburn 14 Years Old 2002/2017 (55.5%, OB, Cage, F Cognac Butt, 1 Bottle)(4/3/2018)-An interesting expression, really sweet and fruity, well-spiced and borders on becoming a little woody and tannic towards the finish. I'm not sure what I was expecting with this but it appears to carry a lot of classical 'Cognac' flavours whilst keeping that slightly musty and dirty "Springbank" sweetened barley malt backbone. I could really grow to like this one, lets hope they bottle the remainder of the cask soon. 87/100
Domaine Dupont 1980 Millesime Pays d’Auge (42%, OB, 2016)(4/3/2018)-Clear and fruity with just a touch of aged oak wood flavours, this is mostly aged in large wooden tuns to keep the oak influence light, before a finishing period in toasted 400l casks delivering a balance usually found on younger Calvados but with the flavours of a much more mature one. Superbly constructed and hugely enjoyable. 90/100
New Whisky Releases: Week 13 2018(4/1/2018)-New Whisky Releases: Week 13 2018 Aberlour Casg Annamh Batch 1 £54.26 A new series from Aberlour made with Euoprean and American oak, released as Batch #0001 this looks like a sister […]
BenRiach Cask Strength (60.6%, OB, Batch 2, 2018)(3/30/2018)-Really quite drinkable at Cask Strength, this for me displays characters of each of the component casks though I feel the Bourbon and Virgin Oak influences speak the loudest on the palate. Quite heady on the nose with a huge hit or dollop of vanilla. There is some spirit and spice but just enough to make it interesting and add to the progression of this whisky over the palate. I could sit and nose this one for quite some time, but drink it only in small savouring sips. 89/100
Scotch Boom – Kingsbarns Distillery(3/29/2018)-Part 2 of our Scotch Boom series looking at the trend for new Scotch Whisky Distilleries takes a look at Kingsbarns Distillery. Thanks to their Brand Manager Steven Shand.
Scotch Boom – Isle of Raasay Distillery(3/22/2018)-Part 1 of our Scotch Boom series looking at the trend for new Scotch Whisky Distilleries takes a look at Isle of Raasay Distillery, thanks to Alasdair Day of R&B Distillers Limited.
Redbreast 12 Years Old (40%, OB, +/-2017)(3/15/2018)-A lovely mixture of fruit, sweet and spices. That Irish Pot Still unmalted barley spice and bite plus a little citric or acidic juice cuts through a rich and sweet sherry influence. Superb! 85/100
New Whisky Releases: Week 10 2018(3/11/2018)-New Whisky Releases: Week 10 2018 Auchentoshan 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 102349) – Deerstalker Limited Release £69.61 Just 151 bottles available of this Independently bottled single cask Auchentoshan Chivas Revolve £79.95 […]
Tullamore D.E.W. XO Rum Cask (43%, OB, +/-2018)(3/8/2018)-Quality needs to be unlocked here, too much spirit, spice and strong citrus neat to be overly enjoyable. A drop of water reveals the creamy toffee & banana from the official tasting notes. 81/100
Tullamore D.E.W. Original (40%, OB, +/-2018)(3/8/2018)-A great introductory whiskey to the Tullamore range or 'Blended' Irish whiskey category. All very pleasant, perhaps a hint more wood smoke and spice than I remember on previous tastings? 83/100
40th Scotch Whisky Industry Review now available(3/2/2018)-40th Scotch Whisky Industry Review The Scotch Whisky Industry Review is celebrating the release of the 40th edition of its authoritative annual publication – every one of which has been authored by […]
Glenkinchie 2004/2016 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, G/289-7-D)(2/24/2018)-Perhaps a difference in the Amontillado sherry casks used for maturation or a result of the slightly newer style of Glenkicnhie spirit we are finding? This expression was much more woody, grassy and chewier on the palate which definitely improves the experience when compared to the previous 1999 Distillers Edition we had sampled. 87/100
New Whisky Releases: Week 7 2018(2/18/2018)-New Whisky Releases: Week 7 2018 Ballantine’s Hard Fired (70cl) £29.64 A blend has made it to the list (finally) – if nothing more for the fact that this blend is finished […]
anCnoc 12 Years Old (40%, OB, +/-2017)(2/16/2018)-A great all-round whisky that introduces you to anCnoc's range, a lovely mid-weight floral, barley and honeyed fruit, in places more floral, sour and bitter slightly than we last remembered. 84/100