Tag: 2008 vintage

Deanston 9 Years Old 2008 Brandy Cask Finish (56.4%, OB, 2018)

Deanston 2008 Brandy Cask Finish_Limited Release

Deanston 9 Years Old 2008 Brandy Cask Finish whisky review: Very sweet on the nose – much less so on the palate. This one is a little acidic fruit and vaporous spirit in places – perhaps showing its youth? Very similar to many of the Distillery only bottlings which show great promise but can be a little feisty at cask strength and reward a drop of water to calm them down. 83/100

Caol Ila 2008 Post-Octave (52.8%, Duncan Taylor, 2018)

Caol Ila 2008 Duncan Taylor Pre-Post-Octave

Caol Ila 2008 Post-Octave whisky review: Again a very different experience, lots has moved around in this whisky when compared to the pre-octave and a heap of spices added, although here they are less distracting than the Highalnd Park Post-Octave. A lot more burnt, but dry burnt rather than over-caramelised sugars. Although the same score I prefer the Pre-Octave Caol Ila. 86/100

BenRiach 10 Years Old 2008 Cask #5807 (59.7%, OB, Batch 15, Sauternes Barrique, 296 Bottles, 2018)

Cask 5807 Bottle Infront

BenRiach 10 Years Old 2008 Cask #5807 whisky review: A delicious fruit-packed dram with a syrup-like sweetness redolent of the Sauternes wine itself, there is a little unusual spiced and oily menthol in places but it is easily forgivable. Plus any mentholic notes are mostly fleeting or lost anyway such is the power of the fruity and malty flavours here. A great example of spirit and cask pairing that highlights all the right influences. 85/100