Friday, 14 November 2014

Tobermory 15 yo

Tobermory 15 yo

Official bottling 
Single malt - Islands
Copper
46.3% ABV
Dram

Nose: Cream, red grapes, orange peel, peanuts, musk, apricots, mint.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, static, turns watery, mouth coating.
Tasting: Sweet. Red grapes, peanuts, white grapes, orange peel, musk, lemon sweets, hints of mint.
Finish: Long. Peanuts, apricots, lemon sweets, white grapes.

Comments:

This was the last whisky of a reasonably long night, but I reckon my taste buds were still in fine fettle. However, the whisky was slightly off. It was musky and tart, and that's odd for something matured in Oloroso. I could tell it was sherry finished, but it seemed somewhat oxidised. Can't say I enjoyed it too much.

Verdict:

Not bad.

Yamazaki Mizunara 2013

Yamazaki Mizunara 2013

Official bottling 
Single malt - West Honshu
Amber
48% ABV
Dram

Nose: Plums, orange crush, chocolate, vanilla, cedar, sandalwood, strawberries. With water, spicier, cedar, sandalwood, hints of black pepper.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, turns watery, slippery, mouth coating.
Tasting: Sweet sour. Cedar, sandalwood, orange crush, vanilla, milk chocolate, plums, hints of strawberries. With water, sweeter, sandalwood, apricots, black pepper.
Finish: Short.Vanilla, orange crush, plums, pears. With water, strawberries, sandalwood.

Comments:

I went on a fool's errand looking for a Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013, but that was long gone. This one was a decent substitute. Brewed beer and orange crush, very unlike the 'usual' Yamazaki, whatever that means - less meaty, less savoury. Mizunara wood imparts a delicious finish.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.




Thursday, 13 November 2014

Penderyn Peated

Penderyn Peated

Official bottling 
Single malt - South Wales
Pale green
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Peat, chocolate, plums, Chinese sour plums, leather, lemon zest, soy sauce, hints of oranges.
Mouthfeel: Light body, thickens, chewy, slightly oily.
Tasting: Bitter salty. Peat, chocolate, white grapes, Chinese sour plums, chocolate, lemon zest, pear drops, hints of leather.
Finish: Medium. White grapes, peat, plums, leather, pear drops, hints of mint.

Comments:

Peaty, grapey, plummy, salty. This is the one special edition that tastes most like the flagship malt. Lots of leathery, tart yet fruity notes. Very enjoyable. I think this is my favourite Penderyn so far. More, please. Quickly, please.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Monday, 3 November 2014

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Official bottling 
Single malt - North Taiwan
Red
57.7% ABV
Dram

Nose: Grilled meat, sandalwood, cranberries, soy sauce, red grapes, oolong tea, jasmine, hints of chillies. With water, less savoury, sweeter, honey, red grapes, peaches.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, thickens, chewy, oily.
Tasting: Sweet sour . Red grapes, orange peel, peaches, sandalwood, oolong tea, jasmine, hints of pear. With water, sweeter, less floral, honey, peaches, strawberries.
Finish: Long. Orange peel, red grapes, sandalwood, jasmine.

Comments:

Ooh, this is incredible. The wine finishing creates a heavy, unctuous whisky, full of red fruits, yet there is a complex floral dimension, as well as a delicious savoury note (on the nose). With water, it loses that complexity, but is a lot more drinkable, and sweet. One of the best whiskies I've tasted this year. And Taiwanese, to boot!

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Friday, 31 October 2014

Tyrconnell 10 yo Madeira Finish

Tyrconnell 10 yo Madeira Finish

Official bottling 
Single malt - Central Ireland
Golden
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Red grapes, candle wax, cinnamon, cloves, raspberries, vanilla, chocolate, hints of musk.
Mouthfeel: Light body, airy, loose, expands in the mouth.
Tasting: Sweet sour. Oranges, red grapes, vanilla, chocolate, peaches, cloves, peanuts, hints of pear.
Finish: Long. Peanuts, chocolate, peaches, cloves.

Comments:

Fruity, very spicy, still retains a great deal of winey red grape flavour. But this one is buttressed by loads of chocolate and peanuts. Remarkable depth of flavour despite its light body, and, er, triple distilled Irish character.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.


Talisker Port Ruighe

Talisker Port Ruighe

Official bottling 
Single malt - Islands
Amber
45.8% ABV
Dram

Nose: Smoke, peat, honey, cedar, lemons, orange peel, hints of grapefruit, hints of red grapes.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens, slippery, slightly oily.
Tasting: Bitter sour. Orange peel, palm sugar, peat, smoke, lemons, red grapes, grapefruit, hay, hints of peanuts.
Finish: Short. Peanuts, honey, peat, orange peel.

Comments:

Citric tartness, mixed with smoke (for me the hallmark of Talisker), but here overlaid by a delicious sweetness. The usual fruity red grapes I associate with port. Lots of other interesting notes, the smoke is somewhat subdued, in the background. Nice.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Saturday, 25 October 2014

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve

Official bottling 
Single malt - East Highlands
Amber
48% ABV
Dram

Nose: Leather, soy sauce, raisins, vanilla, white grapes, white chocolate, smoked ham, hints of orange peel.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens, turn syrupy, mouth coating.
Tasting: Sweet salty. Smoked ham, orange peel, white chocolate, soy sauce, walnuts, vanilla, cocoa butter, hints of brass polish.
Finish: Medium. Walnuts, white chocolate, orange peel, honey.

Comments:

Chocolaty, milky, somewhat buttery, with a nice tangy fruity bite. This is good whisky, and a new (ish) no-age statement bottling from Glen Garioch. I'm beginning to think the distillery character is mainly chocolaty and raisiny.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Thursday, 23 October 2014

Speyside 17 yo 1993/2010

Speyside 17 yo 1993/2010

Scott's Selection, Speyside Distiller's Company
Single malt - Speyside
Pink
61.5% ABV 
Dram

Nose: Red grapes, chillies, grilled beef, tobacco leaf, peanuts, fresh baked bread, vanilla, hints of cinnamon. With water, more vanilla, acacia honey, leather, more grilled beef.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, loosens, turns watery, slippery.
Tasting: Bitter sweet. Vanilla, peanuts, chillies, tobacco, leaf, orange peel, fresh baked bread, hints of cinnamon, hints of saffron. With water, saltier, more bread, saffron, grilled beef.
Finish: Long. Chillies, orange peel, tobacco leaf, peanuts, walnuts.

Comments:

An unofficial official bottling - Scott's Selection is independent whisky bottled by the Speyside Distiller's Company. I don't know why they did this. Anyway, it's meaty, fruity and delicious. With water it turns saltier, and I can taste a nice (if slightly odd) combination of bready fruit and Turkish kebab. Very unusual, and very good.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Cragganmore 12 yo Distiller's Edition 2000/2013

Cragganmore 12 yo Distiller's Edition 2000/2013

Official bottling 
Single malt - Speyside
Copper
40% ABV
Dram

Nose: Leather, vanilla, malted grains, tomato juice, cookie dough, oranges, lemons.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, thickens, chewy, syrupy.
Tasting: Sweet sour . Oranges, peaches, tomato juice, pears, apricots, hay, hints of walnuts.
Finish: Long. Peaches, pears, tamarind, hay, walnuts.

Comments:

Odd whisky. I can definitely taste the port pipe it was matured in, but there's grassy, slightly woody notes, alongside with some fruity savoury (tomatoey!) notes. No change when one adds water. I categorise this one as one of those where the nose doesn't quite match the taste.

Verdict:

I like this.



Bushmills 16 yo Three Wood

Bushmills 16 yo Three Wood

Official bottling 
Single malt - Northern Ireland
Amber
40% ABV
Dram

Nose: Tobacco leaf, red grapes, oak, vanilla, cedar, black pepper, orange peel, hints of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens, chewy.
Tasting: Sweet sour . White grapes, red grapes, orange peel, honey, roast carrots, vanilla, hints of cloves, hints of cinnamon.
Finish: Long. White grapes, red grapes, orange peel, sherry.

Comments:

Fruity and rich, yet light and drinkable. This is pretty good triple distilled whisky, but I note, rather similar to the Auchentoshan Three Wood in texture, if perhaps not in flavour. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

Verdict:

I like this.

 

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