Friday, 27 May 2016

Glen Scotia Victoriana

Glen Scotia Victoriana

Official bottling
Single malt - Campbeltown
Amber gold
51.5% ABV
Dram

Nose: Orange peel, black tea, peaches, pears, white grapes, hints of leather. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, loose, airy, slightly watery around the edges. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Black tea, peaches, leather, peanuts, sandalwood, hints of violets. 
Finish: Short. Peanuts, peaches, lemon zest, white grapes. 

Comments: 

Old fashioned whisky, the bartender said, and old fashioned whisky it is. Quite sweet, slightly smoky, bitter notes, even savoury. Good fruit cut with peat and a slight hint of fragrant smoke. I guess the only way this could be more old fashioned is if it were matured in herring barrels, like Campbeltown whisky used to be...

Verdict:

I like this.




Midleton Very Rare 2014

Midleton Very Rare 2014

Official bottling
Single malt - Southern Ireland
Buttercups
40% ABV
Dram

Nose: Orange peel, apricots, milk, vanilla, lemon zest, hints of rich tea biscuits. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, loose, turns watery, slippery. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Orange peel, green tea, apricots, fresh baked bread, white grapes, hints of vanilla. 
Finish: Medium. Green tea, white grapes, apricots, plums. 

Comments: 

Light and delicious! I had the sister bottling to this, the 2006, and I remember it well. This one is a bit different, fruity and slightly tannic, plenty of cereally notes as well. Very good stuff, I always think I need to drink more Irish whisky.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Ben Nevis 23 yo 1991/2015

Ben Nevis 23 yo 1991/2015

Cask Strength, Signatory
Single malt - West Highlands
Chestnut
56.3% ABV
Dram

Nose: Raisins, orange peel, marzipan, yoghurt, vanilla, hints of red grapes. With water, fried eggs, black pepper, orange juice. 
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, sticky, chewy. 
Tasting:  Sweet. Dried persimmons, marzipan, red grapes, orange peel, hints of fried eggs. With water, yoghurt, cream, orange juice, black pepper. 
Finish: Long. Brown paper, dried persimmons, fried eggs, orange peel. 

Comments: 

This is sweet neat, dried persimmons, marzipan, plenty of jammy, baked notes. With water it opens up beautifully, becoming ever so savoury, with a hint of rubbery, slightly sulphury fried eggs. I've tasted this note in Ben Nevis before, and it's certainly very distinctive.

Verdict:

I like this.



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Adnams Single Malt No 1 (2015)

Adnams Single Malt No 1 (2015)

Official bottling
Single malt - East Anglia
Amber
43% ABV
Dram

Nose: Chocolate, lemon zest, orange peel, brass polish, grapefruit, hints of cucumber. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, slippery, slightly astringent, static. 
Tasting:  Bitter sour. Lemon zest, brass polish, grapefruit, green tea, hints of sandalwood. 
Finish: Short. Pears, lemon zest, white grapes, hints of brass polish. 

Comments: 

More English whisky! Tart and slightly bitter, immensely citrusy. It's not a whisky for all moods, maybe a hot day where one desires something refreshing, and perhaps the first whisky one drinks after a stressful day. I certainly knew that I wouldn't be drinking this one on holiday.

Verdict:

I like this (but sometimes).



Monday, 23 May 2016

Lark Distiller's Selection (Port Cask 396)

Lark Distiller's Selection (Port Cask 396)

Official bottling
Single malt - Tasmania
Pink
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Toffee, damson jam, raisins, brown paper, hints of dark chocolate, hints of mint. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens slightly, astringent, drying. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Damson jam, dark chocolate, prunes, dried apricots, hints of coffee, hints of brown paper. 
Finish: Long. Dark chocolate, coffee, prunes, damson jam. 

Comments: 

Great colour, this whisky, pinkish amber... no, practically pink. Plenty of fruit, especially dried and cooked fruit, but overlaid with bitter sweet chocolatey notes. Very tasty, and so wonderful bottled at the higher strength. Excellent stuff.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Thursday, 19 May 2016

Auchentoshan 12 yo

Auchentoshan 12 yo

Official bottling
Single malt - Lowlands
Amber
40% ABV
Dram

Nose: Chocolate, orange peel, leather, raisins, coffee, hints of mint. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens slightly, slippery, mouth coating. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Orange peel, lemon zest, dark chocolate, mint, hints of cola nuts. 
Finish: Short. Leather, chillies, dark chocolate, raisins. 

Comments: 

It's taken me a few years to try the 'new' Auchentoshan 12 yo, a replacement for the old 10 yo. It's more robust than what I normally associate with Auchentoshan, with strong vital notes of dark chocolate and coffee. There's only a light dusting of mint and lemon zest, some of the few hints that this is brother to the 10 yo.

Verdict:

I like this.



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.



 

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