Adrien Camut 6 Ans d’Age Calvados Pays d’Auge Calvados Review: Another deep and rich expression, plenty of oak wood but with an effervescent/mentholic nature, probably tannic/cask derived? balanced by plenty of rich fruits. 86/100
Balcones 3 Years Old Batch #2 Whisky Review: Hugely sweet, I was really surprised this was a single malt and not a bourbon from Balcones. A fantastic quality as always from Balcones, I fear tasting this reasonably blind that the Tequila cask influence was completely lost on me? 88/100
Glen Scotia Victoriana Cask Strength Batch 001 whisky review: Following the 18 year old, this one really stood out for me. Perhaps it was the extra ABV or the charred cask and PX influences? I don’t really know why but I loved this one, maybe it was just the return to more classic coastal Campbeltown flavours…? 89/100
Glengoyne Pedro Ximénez (PX) Cask Finish whisky review: This PX cask finished is a lot more balanced than I’d hoped and the PX influence is really quite light here for my liking. Zesty, fruity and spicy makes me feel this one has been matured in refill casks first, hence the finishing. Doesn’t feel particularly youthfull however – this is quite an accomplished dram with some complexity to boot. 84/100
Black Friday 2018: Orkney 18 Years Old whisky review: A rather spicy, sweet, spicy, gently smoky, spicy, and spiced woody dram, did I mention a liberal sprinkling of spices here? I want to say fairly pleasant – but for me it’s that horrid example of Highland Park in refill casks that is the Palate-prickling equivalent of chewing on a wasp stuck on a thistle, bbq’d and covered in heather honey then washed down with Lemsip-soaked nettles. If you love that kind of thing then good for you – its a perfect example!