New Town Blends – The Surgeons Ball whisky review: A bit of a Jekyll & Hyde (apt?) dram, quite mobile on the palate but generally pleasing. Doesn’t hide its youth very well. 77/100
Chivas Regal 13 Years Old Extra Oloroso Sherry Casks whisky review: A lovely soft, easy-sipping blend with some nice and gentle Oloroso Sherry influences, a good drinker which appeals to my Sherry-leaning palate. 82/100
The Scalasaig Island Hopper Maiden Voyage whisky review: A well constructed blend I’m assuming from all island Malts? Good balance of peat & sherry – not too sweet almost classical ‘Highland’ style in fact. Well done 83/100
Royal Salute 21 Years Old Signature Blend whisky review: Rich, deep and powerful flavours for a blended whisky. Quite distinctive with heavy chocolate, fruit and nut character deriving from sherry cask usage. 86/100
Blended Whisky #2 22 Years Old Batch 3 whisky review: A great blended whisky full of caramel, chocolate, fruit and nutty toasted barley flavours.
Blended Malt #1 18 Years Old Batch 3 Whisky Review: A ‘blended malt’ that is full of honey and pear influence as well as peppery oak from the cask – very reminiscent of Glenfiddich and a teaspoon of Balvenie perhaps?
Whyte & Mackay 50 Years Old 175th Anniversary whisky review: Incredibly juicy and sweet for a whisky of this age, there is plenty of wood as you’d expect but delivered perfectly. I could have spent hours alone just nosing this one even though the palate was just as supreme. 96/100
Whyte & Mackay Light spirit drink review: Great nose, a little watered down thereafter and that complexity really doesn’t come through on the palate which is a real shame as this smells amazing!
Nectar Grove Batch Strength Batch No. 001 whisky review: A rich and syrupy sweet expression, unfortunately I haven’t tried the standard version to compare or make comment on the increased ABV presentation here in the batch strength. Very drinkable without water and reminiscent of other Madeira cask finished whiskies with lots of stone fruit influence. 82/100
Flaming Feast blended malt whisky review: A great smoked and maritime blend, complex and shifting much like the smoke rising from a beach bonfire. 85/100