Tag: Bottled 2018

Glen Moray 22 Years Old 1995 35.214 Without Pretence (55.7%, SMWS, 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel, 221 Bottles, 2018)

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SMWS 35.214 Without Pretence review: Sadly a good example of the numbers on the bottle just not adding up for me. Amazingly ethereal for a 22 year old whisky. Too old to boast much Glen Moray character, too under-active cask to display much flavour anywhere really. Nothing wrong with it, but not much to write home about either. 80/100

London Single Malt Spirit Signature 2 Years Old (46%, OB, Batch 001, 2018)

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London Single Malt Spirit Signature 2 Years Old review: This exuberant 2 year old mixture has certainly developed some flavour that hides its youth. The combination of dried fruit, nut and oak wood calls to mind vintage cars with leather seats and walnut dashboards and a good pipe smoker sat in the passenger seat next to you. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this is headed. 83/100

Ledaig 12 Years Old Discovery (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, 2018)

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Ledaig 12 Years Old Discovery Island single malt Scotch whisky review: For me Ledaig can be brilliant and on a par with Ardbeg with the first sip and like drinking out of stale beer can used as an ashtray from the party the night before the next. This is one of the great ones, and mostly thanks to Gordon & MacPhail’s excellent cask management here. The Sherry influence isn’t overt but just an addition of dried fruit, nut and tannin in the right places to carry this expression. The end result is actually quite amazing. 85/100

Bunnahabhain 11 Years Old Discovery (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, 2018)

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Bunnahabhain 11 Years Old Discovery Islay single malt Scotch whisky review: A lot more balanced – of course, classic Gordon & MacPhail’s pairing of spirit and cask. I’d have loved much more sherry influence, but this excels in its balance. A rather reminiscent nose led to initially quite closed palate, but given time it opens up to its own wonders. This is the sort of dram you could drink all night and keep finding new flavours.  85/100

BenRiach 10 Years Old 2007 Cask #8737 (58.9%, OB, Batch 15 Moscatel HH, 326 Bottles, 2018)

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BenRiach 10 Years Old 2007 Cask #8737 whisky review: Another delicious example of BenRiach pairing with sweet wine maturation. This one seems a little more varied, with floral, waxy and coffee notes adding to the extra fruitiness the wine cask brings to the spirit. A little less sweet and more woody than the Sauternes (Cask #5807) matured expression. 85/100

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

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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