Another rich and cereal led expression as I’ve come to expect from TOAD’s Rye expressions. This is up there with the best of them (possibly Batch 1). The cask combination delivers ginger beer and jammy black fruits and of course that superb colour. I’m still not convinced about the pricing of this expression though there are certainly no complaints about what is inside the bottle. 85/100
Classic combination of citrus and ginger with spice and zest in harmony. 84/100
A delightful vintage expression from anCnoc, full of their classic honey character. The Spanish oak has imparted some leather and chocolate notes too. A worthy addition to anCnoc’s fine vintage range. 84/100
Long, sweet and smoky and medicinal and meaty.
Overall Another superb blended malt from J.G. Thomson redolent of classic Islay notes, smoke, phenols, meaty, coastal and sherried to boot. 85/100
A superb festive expression, full of the flavours of Christmas or in other words a bit of a well-balanced sherry bomb. 85/100
A sweet blended malt with plenty of fruit and also quite defined oak cask influence. 83/100
Again another very pleasant spirit, perhaps a little affected by the gin sample previously but this gave me a real swimming pool/chlorine vibe on the nose. Other than that slightly off note and some solventy spirit on the palate this is pretty delicious oak aged rum. Plenty of sweet sugars and tropical fruits and some nice chocolate notes from the cask. 80/100
Pleasant but still not converting me to like Gin. Drinkable as is, but reduced with a lot of water (or Tonic if you prefer, I simply didn’t have any to hand) this retains quite a lot of its sweeter citrus nature and entertaining herbality.
Basic but delicious Islay malt, an oddly unsalted sweet and smoky combo. 84/100
A rather relaxed old Jura, I’m thinking refill casks here as the spirit still shines through with lime zest, lime pickle and soft coffee notes, coastal salts and barley cereals, Yum yum. 86/100