Glen Marnoch Highland Single Malt Sherry Cask Finish whisky review: Oh dear, I was hoping for an improvement here as I love sherry influence, however that cask finishing really hasn’t removed the funk from this whiskies initial maturation (most probably) here mint is joined with some really herbal and vegetal notes that I really didn’t enjoy too much. 72/100
Glen Marnoch Highland Single Malt Bourbon Cask Finish whisky review: Many positives, lots of chocolate and waxy but with an odd soapy and spicy nature on the palate that just didn’t fit right for me. 74/100
Bourbon Whiskey #1 24 Years Old: A great old Bourbon, a little woody and spicy in places but still has plenty of sweetness and masses of quite earthy vanilla essence to keep it together. 86/100
Speyside No. 3 8 Years Old Batch 1 whisky review: Much discussion about the origins of this one took place with the overwhelming opinion being that this probably hailed from Glenrothes distillery. As TBWC have previously bottled & named Glenrothes I guessed Strathisla, I’ll guess we may never know which distillery this really comes from but still another great wee expression from them all the same. 83/100
Aerstone 10 Years Old Sea Cask whisky review: Preferred over the land cask expression, this one feels much more integrated and balanced, some great flavours developing here and also a promise of things to come – I’d love to see these grow into 12, 15 or 18 year old expressions! 82/100
Crabbie 8 Year Old whisky review: Quite a full palate on this one for only 8 years old. Certainly being delivered at 46% lends it some weight. Quite waxy which had me thinking of Clynelish. Zesty orange and apple with honey and a little too much spice for me, however if they aim to produce blends like this they’ll certainly be entertaining and interesting. 83/100
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!
Widow Jane 10 Years Old Barrel #1791 whiskey review: A smooth easy-drinking bourbon with hits of fresh apples and tannic oak wood, some spice and brown sugar give this one real depth. A great single cask expression. 84/100