Tag: 2002 vintage

Glenlivet 15 Years Old 2002 Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength (58.4%, Gordon & MacPhail, Bourbon Barrel #800772, 200 Bottles, 2018)

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Glenlivet 2002 Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength whisky review: An intense Glenlivet, masses of 1st fill bourbon influences up front but these gently peel away in layers revealing the fruity and grassy Glenlivet spirit character underneath. The whole experience is quite marvellous. It’s a pleasant surprise to be reminded why Glenlivet has the reputation it does once in a while. 87/100

Dalwhinnie 2002 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, D.SY.313, 2017)

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Dalwhinnie 2002 Distillers Edition whisky review: Better than the standard Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old for me but then again I do like sherry-influenced whisky. This has more depth than the standard expression but is still wrapped in a light creaminess. Basically this is the Dalwhinnie 15 year old but with lively and juicy berry fruits, tannins and spices from the Oloroso Sherry cask. 83/100

Springbank 14 Years Old 2002 (52.3%, OB, Cage, F Rum Barrel, 1 Bottle, 2017)

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Springbank 14 Years Old 2002 Rum Cask Whisky Review: 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

Hazelburn 14 Years Old 2002 (55.5%, OB, Cage, F Cognac Butt, 1 Bottle, 2017)

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Hazelburn 14 Years Old 2002 Cognac Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review: 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