Thursday, 5 May 2016

Wolfburn Single Malt

Wolfburn Single Malt

Official bottling
Single malt - North Highlands
Pale gold
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Peaches, pears, stewed apples, peanuts, cashews, hints of smoke. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens slightly, slippery. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Peaches, stewed apples, cashews, peat, walnuts, hints of smoke. 
Finish: Short. Smoky bacon, peanuts, stewed apples, peat. 

Comments: 

From the very new Wolfburn distillery, this isn't much more than 3 years old. Matured in Islay casks, and you can tell - peat and smoke in the background. It's overlaid by stewed apples and peaches though, and plenty of nuts as well. There's a good savoury meatiness in the finish. Good stuff.

Verdict:

I like this.



Akashi White Oak Single Malt

Akashi White Oak Single Malt

Official bottling
Single malt - West Honshu
Buttercups
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: White grapes, dried pears, guava, peanuts, cream, hints of walnuts. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, slippery, loose, slightly oily. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Raisins, dried pears, guava, palm sugar, peaches, hints of walnuts, hints of white grapes. 
Finish: Short. Guava, white pepper, peanuts, peaches, hints of photocopy paper. 

Comments: 

This is the sister bottling to the White Oak blend, the whisky that didn't taste like whisky. This one is definitely whisky though - ooked and dried fruits in abundance, with plenty of spicy pepper in the finish. The hints of paper and white grapes remind me of its sibling.

Verdict:

I like this.



Togouchi 12 yo

Togouchi 12 yo

Togouchi, Chugoku Jozo
Blend
Golden
40% ABV
Dram

Nose: Cherries, rhubarb and custard sweets, lemon zest, marmalade, hints of yoghurt. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, loose, airy, slightly watery around the edges. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Orange juice, lemon zest, marmalade, peanuts, limes, hints of yoghurt. 
Finish: Medium. Chillies, ginger, marmalade, lemon zest. 

Comments: 

Matured in Japan from Scottish malt spirit and Canadian grain spirit. Hard to classify - there's a bit of cooked fruits which is quite Japanese, but also a lot of light fruit notes which I identify as Scottish. Not sure what Canadian whisky tastes like. Pretty good.

Verdict:

I like this.



Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Redbreast 21 yo

Redbreast 21 yo

Official bottling
Single malt - Southern Ireland
Dark gold
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Magic marker, pears, leather, apple juice, oats, hints of grilled pork. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, tingly, slippery, slightly water around the edges. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Magic marker, pears, apples, quince jelly, oats, hints of smoky bacon. 
Finish: Short. Chillies, apples, vanilla, hints of quince jelly. 

Comments: 

Older version of the Redbreast range. This one is appley and volatile, huge magic marker notes, followed by meaty, slightly savoury flavours. Great cooked fruit and cereal on the tongue too. Excellent stuff.

Verdict:

I like this.



Caperdonich 30 yo 1982/2012

Caperdonich 30 yo 1982/2012

Director's Cut, Douglas Laing
Single malt - Speyside
Amber, tinge of rose
50.9% ABV
Dram

Nose: Orange peel, orange blossom, rhubarb and custard sweets, pears, honey, hints of strawberries. 
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, tingles, hot, slightly watery around the edges. 
Tasting:  Sweet. Orange peel, honey, fresh baked bread, red peppers, pears, hints of nutmeg. 
Finish: Medium. Fresh baked bread, nutmeg, honey, rhubarb and custard sweets, hints of red peppers. 

Comments: 

Another old Caperdonich (there aren't many young ones). This one is redolent of orange peel, and rhubarb and custard sweets. Heavy, sweet and lovely. Huge spicy notes on the tongue and the finish, with intriguing hints of red peppers.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Sunday, 1 May 2016

Glenfiddich 12 yo

Glenfiddich 12 yo

Official bottling
Single malt - Speyside
Golden
40% ABV
Dram

Nose: Raisins, chocolate, orange peel, pears, hints of coffee. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens slightly, syrupy, slightly chewy. 
Tasting:  Sweet. Red grapes, chocolate, orange peel, marshmallows, hints of pears. 
Finish: Medium. Orange peel, marshmallows, pears, raisins. 

Comments: 

Very sherried, plenty of red fruit and chocolate. Also something gelatiney on the tongue, marshmallows, perhaps. Decent entry level dram from Glenfiddich, the range is looking in good shape these days.

Verdict:

I like this.



Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Port Ellen 15th Release 32 yo 1983/2015

Port Ellen 15th Release 32 yo 1983/2015

Official bottling
Single malt - Islay
Amber
53.9% ABV
Dram

Nose: Fish sauce, stewed apples, raisins, leather, pears, smoke. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, loose, slightly watery around the edges, airy. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Stewed apples, dates, raisins, peat, smoke, leather, hints of pomegranate. 
Finish: Medium. Apples, peat, raisins, salt caramel, hints of pears. 

Comments: 

Rare chance to try something like this! It's amazing. Fruity and drinkable, the peat and smoke are ameliorated by a ton of jammy fruity notes. Pomegranate molasses anyone? The finish is especially magnificent, peaty apples drizzled with salt caramel. Mmmm. Who knew that Islay whisky could be good as dessert?

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Braeval 14 yo 2001/2015

Braeval 14 yo 2001/2015

Old Particular, Douglas Laing
Single malt - Speyside
White wine
48.4% ABV
Dram

Nose: Toast, yoghurt, apples, pears, orange peel, hints of peaches. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, loose, slightly watery around the edges, cool. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Toast, orange peel, peaches, pears, vanilla, hints of cookie dough. 
Finish: Short. Fresh baked bread, orange peel, pears, hints of chocolate. 

Comments: 

Maybe it was my palate reeling after so much fine whisky, but it was hard to pin this one down. Creamy and milky, even yoghurty, but married to a lot of distinctive fruity notes. I could drink a lot of this, it's almost quaffable.

Verdict:

I like this.



Strathclyde 9 yo 2005/2015

Strathclyde 9 yo 2005/2015

Clan Denny, Douglas Laing
Single grain - Lowlands
Amber
56.1% ABV
Dram

Nose: Cream, brown paper, pears, apples, hints of toast, hints of leather. With water, apples, sesame, shortbread, pie crust. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly oily, tingly, loose. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Red grapes, raisins, cream, digestive biscuits, apples, hints of yoghurt. With water, raisins, red wine, pie crust, sesame. 
Finish: Long. Cream, raisins, toast, yoghurt, brown paper. 

Comments: 

Cask ref DL 10867. This is long lasting and winey, I don't think anyone would identify this as a single grain on first blind tasting. It's even better with water, as the alcohol burn turns into something toasty, almost savoury, very much like good pie crust. Very good indeed.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.

Caperdonich 21 yo 1994/2015

Caperdonich 21 yo 1994/2015

Extra Old Particular, Douglas Laing
Single malt - Speyside
Brass
57.7% ABV
Dram

Nose: Lemons, fresh baked bread, vanilla, yoghurt, hints of orange blossom. With water, cookie dough, malted grains, custard, hints of toast. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, slippery, slightly watery around the edges, tingly. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Pears, orange juice, lemons,yoghurt, vanilla, hints of cream. With water, custard, malted grains, apples, more vanilla. 
Finish: Medium. Fresh baked bread, lemons, orange juice. 

Comments: 

Cask ref DL 10769. Warm and vanilla-ey, plenty of fruit, especially citrus. Loads of toasty cereally notes as well. This is magnificent whisky. Caperdonich as I remember it has tangy pineapple notes, but here somehow it has been mellowed into sweet custard. The effects of age, maybe?

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



 

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